Liverpool Council issues new deadline to complete Moorfields escalator works

Liverpool Council has issued a revised date on when it expects escalators at Moorfields Station to be back in action after missing an initial target.

After months of waiting, work finally got underway to begin repairs on long closed off escalators at the city centre station in March. The long delays have meant one exit from the station has been closed off since last September.

While officials had hoped to complete the work by last month, the city council has now confirmed a new target it hopes to meet.

In October 2022, KONE Ltd – an escalator and lift company – was awarded terms of £37,202 on the basis that a number of components had failed, leaving one escalator out of service. It said: “The escalator units require a major intervention to clean, service, replace and overhaul to satisfy health and safety requirements and make operational.”

It had been expected the work would take around a month to complete, yet the site remained boarded up with no sign of progress. Fencing advised rail users to use alternative options. 

The maintenance of the escalators is the responsibility of Liverpool Council, leading to the entrance of the station. The station and its surrounding area is managed in parts by the local authority, Network Rail, Merseytravel and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Issues emerged regarding the canopy above the escalators which encountered a leak, with that being the first stage of works to get going. In a post on social media, Liverpool Council said it had expected to take 12 weeks to complete, however this deadline was missed.

A Liverpool Council spokesperson said a detailed examination of the escalators identified two “major elements” needed replacing, rather than a routine repair as first thought. The damage was caused by leaks in the roof.

New parts have been ordered which take up to 12 weeks to arrive. As a result, contract KONE hopes to complete the work by Autumn.

This could mean the escalators will have been out of action for more than a year by the time repairs are finalised.

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