Trains run again between Wirral and Liverpool

Merseyrail trains between Wirral and Liverpool have been replaced by buses for six weeks Credit: Merseyrail

Merseyrail trains between Wirral and Liverpool will resume on weekdays from Monday 13th February after a six-week break.

Rail replacement buses have been operating since 3rd January while track renewal work has been carried out.

Phase 1 of work to replace the concrete base on the ‘loop’ is on schedule, meaning that trains will be able start and terminate at James St station from Monday to Friday.

At weekends, Wirral line trains will start and terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central, with rail replacement buses running between Birkenhead and Liverpool stations.

But there will be special arrangements for weekends over the Grand National Festival, Easter and the May Bank Holidays, with trains starting and terminating at James St.

While trains will be back running Monday to Friday, people are still being advised to plan their journeys in advance as services will still be running to the same timetables as during Phase 1 of the works.

“I hope passengers will welcome the fact that during this longer, middle phase of work, it will be possible to get a train directly to and from the centre of Liverpool, and experience from phase 1 shows that customers used their nous and adapted quickly to the changes. We do recognise that phase 2 will take a bit of getting used to, and rest assured we will have plenty of staff on-hand to help and guide people, with particular focus on James Street station.”

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail Managing Director

The engineering work is part of a £340 million investment in the Liverpool City Region's rail network over the next three years.

Network Rail are replacing the most challenging sections of concrete based track in the ‘loop’, which was originally laid in the 1970s. Engineers are also replacing conventional track under the riverbed.

The work is due to continue until June.