Possible disruption for rail passengers

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Rail passengers in St Helens are being warned to expect possible disruptions to their journey times to allow for upgrading work to take place.

Anyone travelling from St Helens Junction or St Helens Central could be affected by the work, which is part of a £1bn package of improvements to the region’s rail network.

As part of the programme, the line between Edge Hill and Bryn, via St Helens Central, and the line between Edge Hill and St Helens Junction will be closed until Sunday (July).

Engineers from Network Rail are constructing a third track to allow faster trains to pass slower services on both lines.

During the closures, alternative routes will be available and busses will replace the usual timetable.

Ian Joslin, area director for Network Rail, said: “This is the latest phase of more than £1bn of investment in the railway in the north of England to provide a better service for passengers.

“The investment will deliver faster journey times, more seats and capacity and more reliable journeys, all of which are vital to the continued growth of the railway and the positive impact it has on the economy.

“The work has been carefully planned so the closure is for the shortest amount of time possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but I am confident the short term-pain will be worth the long-term gain.”

Alex Hynes, managing director for Northern Rail, said: “The upgrade work around Huyton and Roby this summer is the continuation of significant investment in infrastructure in the north of England.

“We want to make sure our customers are aware of the changes and understand the excellent benefits they will experience once the work is complete.

“Not only will it provide more capacity but it will also improve journey times for our customers. It heralds the beginning of the final phase of electrification work between Liverpool and Manchester.”