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Liverpool Lime Street Closed Due to a Structural Failing

Liverpool Lime Street Closed Due to a Structural Failing

Liverpool Lime Street has been closed to passengers recently due to a structural failing that disrupted the overhead cabled and spread debris across all four tracks. A trackside wall collapsed on Tuesday the 28th February spreading 200 tonnes of debris across four lines within a deep cutting that is located on the approach to the Lime Street Station.

The Lime Street station was reopened a day earlier than expected due to the hard work of the Network Rail team. Getting the station open a day earlier means slightly less disruption than expected has been caused to the passenger that travel through Liverpool’s main station.

There were three phases involved with getting the Liverpool station open to passengers. The first stage involved removing 4,000 tonnes of containers and material from the ground above the cutting wall to enable the Network rail can work safely 10 meters below when securing the wall. The second phase involved clearing away all of the debris that had fallen across the tracks. The third and final phase of the project was to repair the damage to the tracks where the mass of debris fell, disrupting all four rails in the cutting. However the main area for repairs were the overhead wires, that were damaged, and some even brought down when the 200 tonnes of debris fell.

The Managing Director for Network Rail’s London North Western Route has been watching the progress of the repairs closely. The army of Network Rail workers have worked persistently in order to cause as little disruption as possible and ensure a speedy and safe reopening of the Lime Street Station.

Service providers East Midlands, Virgin, Northern, London Midland and Trans-Pennine express were able to return to the station on Wednesday, after having to supply replacement bus travel while the repairs take place.

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