Kirkby rail services to be disrupted for track works

Passengers are being alerted to some changes to rail services on the Kirkby line later this month, as major rail track works take place as part of the Headbolt Lane station scheme.

The engineering work will see new track laid from Kirkby station all the way to the new terminus on the Kirkby line. To help ensure the successful completion of the work, from Friday 28 April to Tuesday 2 May there will be no rail services between Kirkby and Liverpool Central on the Northern line.

The power to the third rail must be switched off to allow for the safety of workers, meaning it will not be possible to run trains on the Kirkby line.

Passengers can still get to where they need to be via a rail-replacement bus service that will run between Kirkby and Moorfields on these days, calling at Fazakerley, Rice Lane, Kirkdale, Sandhills and Moorfields.

Passengers should use the journey planner on the Merseyrail website to see the impact on their travel plans.

The rail-replacement bus times are clearly listed in the journey planner. The Kirkby line will return to operation on Wednesday 3 May, from the start of service at 05:43.

Jane English, acting Managing Director of Merseyrail, said, “We apologise for the disruption to Kirkby services across these five days, but the work is an essential part of readying the network for the launch of the new station at Headbolt Lane. “The new station will be a fantastic addition to the Kirkby line, giving thousands of residents in Tower Hill and Northwood far greater and easier access to the Merseyrail network than ever before.”


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