Network Rail is to renew approximately six and half miles of railway tracks on the West Kirby and New Brighton lines next month. Virtually all of it will be with track that gives a smoother, quieter ride and is less prone to defects, so train service reliability on the key commuter routes will improve.
Jo Kaye, Network Rail’s route director, said: “Merseyrail is one of the best performing train companies in the country and we aim to keep it at the top. The tracks on these two lines are life expired and need to be replaced otherwise the reliability of train services will be affected.”
The West Kirby line will be renewed first, with work starting on Friday 7 October and taking nine days to complete. There are a number of pedestrian and road crossings on the line and their surfaces will be renewed as part of the project. Consequently, they will close for some or all of the time. Network Rail has spoken to the authorised users of the pedestrian crossings, and diversions will be put in place where necessary for road vehicles.
Work on the New Brighton line will start on Saturday 15 October and will be finished on Sunday 23 October.
While the work is on-going replacement buses will operate between Birkenhead North and West Kirby/New Brighton stations and passengers are asked to check with Merseyrail or national rail enquiries to see what effect the work will have on their journeys.
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