Keeping Liverpool in the loop
Just a few days to go before Liverpool Central Station closes for exciting improvements . . . are you ready?
· Central Station closes Monday for £20 million upgrade
· Merseyrail and Merseytravel working to minimise disruption
· A fleet of London buses to take to Liverpool’s streets
· Wirral line reopens in time for Mathew Street Festival
· www.loveliverpoolcentral.com launched to support commuters and business.
· Interviews and photo opportunities available on Monday.
Britain’s busiest underground station outside the capital is closing on Monday for a massive refurbishment – and Liverpool’s affected commuters can expect a taste of London life thanks to a fleet of iconic Red Buses.
The world famous double-decker buses will act as a replacement service which forms part of a wider raft of initiatives by Merseyrail, Merseytravel, Network Rail and City Central BID to minimize the impact of the closure.
The partners are also deploying more than 100 staff at key stations as well as drafting in a team of volunteers to guide people through the city centre.
Both the Wirral and Northern line platforms will be closing, for four and six months respectively, in order to take on some much-needed improvements and a host of activities and events, under the banner “Summer of Love”, are being staged to support businesses.
Ready for action on April 23rd, the London buses will link all the city centre stations on a 5 minute frequency throughout the day, and every 10 minutes in the evening.
For passengers normally stopping at Central Station, simply change or end your journey at Moorfields, Brunswick, Lime Street or James Street, then just hop on one of the free shuttle services for quick and easy access to the centre.
Queue streamlining systems will operate at Moorfields during busy times of the day; route planners can be picked up at all station outlets; and there will be plenty of information and help on hand at stations on the Northern and Wirral line.
The £20 million refurbishment will include bigger, safer platforms, better access for disabled passengers, brighter waiting areas and improved toilet facilities.
Retail shops and offices in the surrounding area, including the Central Station concourse, will remain very much open; bargain hunters can bag some fantastic deals and special offers on the dedicated webpage http://loveliverpoolcentral.com/myfriends.Offers.aspx.
Visitors and regular travelers alike can plan their route online at www.loveliverpoolcentral.com.
Traveline will also be on hand to offer advice and alternative routes on 0871 200 22 33.
Traveline is open 7 days a week, between 7am and 8pm on Weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends.
For more information and a journey planner, visit www.loveliverpoolcentral.com/letmehelpyou/Default.aspx.