Liverpool Lime Street

Liverpool, (United Kingdom)

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About the station

Liverpool Lime Street is a beautiful station, which has existed in its current form since 1879, but it has recently been restored to create a pristine connection between the trains and the city it serves.

The main part of the station, which is used by all the express train services to and from Liverpool Lime Street is a terminus station, so all of its platforms (tracks) have step free access to and from the main concourse.

Though the main station building is in effect in two parts, two huge elegant arched glass roofs sit beside each other.
At the concourse end of the arch, which spans platforms (tracks) 1 – 5,  are the main passenger facilities in the station including the ticket office, the food and drink outlets and the lounge for those who have 1st class tickets for the Avanti West Coast trains.

The arch which spans over platforms 6 - 10 also extends over the taxi rank, and at its concourse end, it provides a spectacular vista over the city, which is dominated by the sublime neo-classical elegance of the nearby St Georges Hall.


Other destinations within the area adjacent to the station include, the Walker Art Gallery, the Central Library, the World Museum, the Liverpool Empire Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre.

However, the station is located on the north-east corner of the city centre, so other destinations in the city are more distant.


Liverpool Lime St’s elegance is compounded by its elevated position, but lifts (elevators) and sloping walkways link the station concourse to street level.

The main pedestrian route to the city centre, the waterfront and the cathedrals leads off to the left down Lime Street.
Once on Lime Street, for the Roman Catholic cathedral turn left on to Brownlow Hill, but for the Anglican cathedral go straight ahead on to Renshaw Street.

Turn to the right and head down Ranleagh and Hannover Streets for the waterfront attractions including the Albert Dock, The Beatles Story and The Museum of Liverpool.


Connecting into the Merseyrail trains:

The main concourse isn’t the only part of Lime Steeet station used by trains, as the local Merseyrail trains on its Green Line (Wirral Line) call at platforms that are underground.

All trains from these below ground level platforms call at James Street station, which is adjacent to the Liverpool Waterfront.
So if you’re heading to this part of the city, taking the train to James Street is an alternative to a 15 – 20 min walk.
These 'Green Line' trains also link Lime Street station to destinations on the opposite bank of The Mersey including Birkenhead, Port Sunlight and New Brighton.

Connect at Liverpool Central station for trains on the MerseyRail 'Blue Line', which connects central Liverpool to destinations to the north including Aintree, Bootle, Crosby and Southport

The Merseyrail isn’t a separate metro system, so an option is to book a ticket to James Street or the other stations, that’s valid from the station where you will be commencing your journey to central Liverpool.

Escalators link the Merseyrail part of Lime Street to the main concourse and there is also an elevator, on the main concourse you’ll find it between the WH Smith and Boots stores.


Long Distance Train Services Summary:

Train Operating Company:


Avanti West Coast

London via Milton Keynes

West Midlands Railway

London via Birmingham, Coventry, Northampton and Milton Keynes

Trans Pennine Express

(1) Edinburgh via Manchester Victoria, Leeds and York and Durham and Newcastle 
2) Scarborough via Manchester Victoria, Leeds and York


(1) Blackpool via Preston
(2) Manchester Airport via Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly

East Midland Trains

Norwich via Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, Sheffield, Nottingham, Peterborough and Ely

Transport For Wales

Chester (a quicker route than taking the Merseyrail trains)

1st Class Lounge
Bus Station
Car Hire
Information Desk
Left Luggage
Step Free
Taxi Rank
Terminus Station

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