The beautiful frontage of Liverpool Lime Street as constructed in 1879

Liverpool Lime Street (Liverpool)

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.

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At a Glance

Services

Left Luggage
Travel Information Desk
First Class Lounge
Accessibility

Step Free
Misc

Terminus Station
Onward Travel

Taxi Rank
The Virgin Train from London has arrived at platform 9 The Virgin Train from London has arrived at platform 9
The access to platforms 1 - 5 The access to platforms 1 - 5
The taxi rank is within the station beside platform 10 and is accessed off the main concourse The taxi rank is within the station beside platform 10 and is accessed off the main concourse
The view from the main entrance with the platforms on the right The view from the main entrance with the platforms on the right
The two arched roofs which span the station The two arched roofs which span the station
Looking across the concourse towards platforms 1 - 5 Looking across the concourse towards platforms 1 - 5
The tantilising view from the concourse towards St Georges Hall The tantilising view from the concourse towards St Georges Hall
The opposite view towards platforms 8 - 10 The opposite view towards platforms 8 - 10

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.

To the city centre:

Stepping out of Lime Street station Stepping out of Lime Street station
The steps at the front of the station lead to the city centre, but a slope is also available The steps at the front of the station lead to the city centre, but a slope is also available

Other popular destinations in the city are within the area adjacent to the station and these 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.

Or take the Merseyrail trains to the waterfront - see below.

Taking a Merseyrail train:

The entrance to the part of the station used by the Merseyrail trains The entrance to the part of the station used by 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 .
Blundellsands & Crosby station gives the easiest to the Another Place statues on the beach.

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 service summary:

Train Operating Company:

Destinations:

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
(3) Glasgow via Lancaster, Oxenholme-Lake District; Penrith-North Lakes and Carlisle

Northern

(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)

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