PLAN AHEAD: August Bank Holiday Weekend rail upgrades in Liverpool

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Liverpool operating centre
Credit: Network Rail

During the August Bank Holiday, signalling upgrades in Liverpool will be going ahead, meaning that passengers are being advised to check before they travel to avoid unwanted delays.

Between Saturday 29th and Monday 31st August 2020, Signalling control is being moved from Ditton, to the state-of-the-art Manchester Rail Operating Centre (ROC).

The multi-million-pound project will enable signallers to swiftly respond to disruption and will be able to route trains faster, which will help to reduce future train delays and make the railway more reliable for passengers.

To help ensure that trains are still able to run in and out of Liverpool, trains will be diverted onto different routes.

Along with route changes, rail replacement buses will also be in service between Warrington, Runcorn, Crewe and Liverpool South Parkway.

Passengers who plan using the routes are being advised to check for changes in their trip as journeys will be altered.

During this time passengers are urged to follow Government guidance on public transport – wearing a face covering and maintaining distance from other passengers when possible.

Phil James, director for Network Rail’s North west route, said: “We know there is never a good time to close the railway, but longer bank holiday weekends mean engineers can carry out complex work like this major upgrade to the signalling system in Ditton as part of the Great North Rail Project.

“I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience and encourage them to check National Rail Enquiries now in advance of the upcoming bank holiday weekend.”

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