A number of major city region transport projects will affect key transport links and routes into the city centre between 2016 and 2017.
The North Liverpool Key Corridors (NLKC) scheme will affect traffic coming into Liverpool. Works will be undertaken in three phases from May 2016 and are due to be completed by 2019.
This is likely to cause significant disruption to motorists who approach the city centre from the North of Liverpool such as Bootle, Litherland, Crosby, Formby and Southport.
Replacement of the bridge on Great Howard Street is due to start in May 2016 and will see the closure of Great Howard Street for at least six months. Commuters will need to find alternative routes into the city, possibly via Queens Drive/Edge Lane or Scotland Road.
Details of phases two and three are yet to be released by Liverpool City Council. Up-to-date information on the NLKC roadworks is available at: http://liverpool.gov.uk/parking-travel-and-roads/roadworks/.
Network Rail and Liverpool City Region are investing £340 million in the Liverpool City Region rail network to deliver a bigger, better and more reliable railway for passengers.
Two of the investment projects will have an impact on rail users who approach the city centre from the Wirral as well as those who use Lime Street Station.
Wirral Loop Line Replacement
The Wirral Loop Line Track Replacement will take place between January 2017 and June 2017. The first phase of work – replacement of the line beneath the River Mersey – is due to start in January 2017 for six weeks and will see the track from Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North to Liverpool, shut completely.
Commuters will be offered rail replacement buses between Wirral and Liverpool through the Mersey Tunnels, and the Mersey Ferries will also be used.
For full information on rail disruptions on the Wirral line across 2017 please visit: http://www.merseyrail.org/news/network-rail-track-renewal-on-the-wirral-loop.aspx.
Lime Street Expansion
At Liverpool Lime Street, track signalling and platform improvement works will be undertaken so that the station can accommodate longer trains and more frequent services . The first phase of the work is due to start in September 2017, when the station will close completely for nine days.
Replacement rail services via Liverpool South Parkway and a bus service from St Helens Central and St Helens Junction to Lime Street will be operational for the first phase of work.
A further closure will take place in autumn 2018, but the details are yet to be released by Network Rail.
Further information on the Lime Street Expansion is available here: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/news/2016/mar/railway-upgrade-Liverpool-City-Region/.