This afternoon, I attended the celebrations marking the official opening of Liverpool Central station following its refurbishment.
£20 million pounds has been spent on Liverpool Central which has seen the widening of the concourse floor area to incorporate a much larger and more customer friendly internal access to the lift; Much larger and improved toilets and a waiting area; Larger ticket gate line to allow for increased passenger numbers and enable better control of pedestrian flows at peak times; improvements to the roof; and Seating for passengers to name a few of the works involved.
Liverpool Central has by far the highest footfall on the network and is one of the busiest stations outside London. It has 18 million passengers per year, with an increase of 40% expected by 2020. It has now undergone a complete refurbishment of all areas, is a much better environment for passengers and will benefit local retailers.
I am pictured with Maarten Spaargaren, MD of Merseyrail (second from left) and Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Transport Secretary.