Bank Hall closed in next phase of Merseyrail up­grade

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The next phase of in­fra­struc­ture work re­quired to in­tro­duce new trains to the Merseyrail net­work is un­der way.

Net­work Rail has started Phase 2 of its plat­form up­grades, be­fore Stadler Class 777s en­ter traf­fic in 2020.

The first phase on the Orm­skirk line has been com­pleted, en­tail­ing plat­form up­grades and track re­mod­elling at eight sta­tions.

The next phase in­volves clos­ing Bank Hall sta­tion from Novem­ber 12 un­til De­cem­ber 16, while it is up­graded. Trains will con­tinue to run through the sta­tion.

The third phase runs from De­cem­ber 27 un­til Jan­uary 2.

The Wir­ral Loop Line and river cross­ing will be closed, with trains for New Brighton and West Kirby start­ing and ter­mi­nat­ing at Birken­head North, while trains from Ellesmere Port and Ch­ester will start and ter­mi­nate at Birken­head Cen­tral (the lat­ter will be un­til Jan­uary 1).

In to­tal, some 11 phases are planned be­tween Oc­to­ber this year and June 2019.

“Ad­just­ing the height, width and lay­out of the plat­forms is more com­plex than it may sound,” said Net­work Rail Se­nior Spon­sor Mar­cus Barnes.

“We’ll need to close sec­tions of the line to com­plete these vi­tal works safely.”

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