Merseytravel Centres stock only local tickets. Whilst the council owns the land that Glenburn Sports College occupies, the currently unused West Bank Campus site is owned by Newcastle College and the council have started the process of acquiring this land.  Minor repair work and stock cleaning is undertaken at Kirkdale, while overhauls are completed at Birkenhead. A number of lines have been targeted for electric 3rd rail/battery train trials, which will allow electric Merseyrail trains to operate on unelectrified track, which otherwise would be precluded from track electrification on cost grounds. The line is mainly electrified with one branch, the Liverpool to Manchester line via Warrington, operated by diesel trains.. Merseyrail’s Northern Line terminates at Hunts Cross station, which is going to be made step-free. This section includes the most expensive part of the Outer Rail Loop - the Link Line tunnel under Liverpool city centre - and the reopened and electrified line from Liverpool Central to Hunts Cross. , Media related to Merseyrail at Wikimedia Commons, Rock Ferry to Hooton, Chester and Ellesmere Port, Extending the network via electrification, "Liverpool City Centre Plan - City Centre Planning Group, 1965", Cheshire Lines Committee Lines: North Liverpool Extension Line, Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway, Garston and Liverpool Railway The remainder, between Paradise Street Junction and Derby Square Junction, was retained for use as a rolling stock interchange line between the Northern and Wirral lines and also for a reversing siding for Wirral Line trains terminating at James Street when the Loop Tunnel is inoperative. Merseyrail and Northern Rail trains are generally timed to meet for ease of interchange. Fares are presently subsidised at levels lower than local commercial services. , Known as either the Canada Dock Branch line or the Bootle Branch line is an unelectrified line running from Edge Hill Junction in the east of the city in a long curve to the container terminal to the north of the city.  the full plan is available at Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority announced in August 2019 that it was planning to use part of a £172m funding package to reopen St James Station in Liverpool City Centre and a build a new station at Headbolt Lane, Kirkby.. Merseyrail also runs through a railway tunnel under the river connecting central Liverpool and Birkenhead. As well as cancellations on this line, Merseyrail also warned about delays on other lines.  Bi-modal battery/electric trains are to be trialled by Merseyrail on some sections of Merseyrail. In the 1960s during the planning for Merseyrail, this was developed into the Outer Rail Loop scheme - an electric rapid-transit passenger line circling the outer districts of the city by using a combination of newly electrified existing lines and a new link tunnel under the city centre merging lines to the north and south of the city centre completing the loop. The train operating company was later bought by FirstGroup and rebranded First North Western. Two services are not electrified, the Manchester via Warrington Central and Chester via Runcorn. The eastern section of the Outer Rail Loop project was cancelled in the late 1970s because of delays and cost overruns on the Loop (Wirral Line) and Link (Northern Line) projects and local political opposition. It is part of the National Railnetwork. FURTHER INFORMATION. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Long Term Rail Strategy document of October 2017, states that trials of new Merseyrail battery trains will be undertaken in 2020. The buses depart at frequent intervals from Sandhills station with ticketing to combine both methods of travel available. One line running south from the city centre to Hunts Cross with the second line running north from the city centre to Southport, and the branches off this line to Ormskirk and Kirkby. Destination Merseyside. The North Section - Originally the CLC line from Walton to Kirkdale via the Breeze Hill tunnel. In the decades following the commissioning of the resulting cut down rapid-transit network, political moves were made to complete the full project, to fully incorporate the City Line into the network, however to no avail. The latter is still intact although only used by maintenance trains whilst the former is now partially built over. The network covers Merseysideand communities just outside it. The Edge Hill Spur was not completed due to budget cuts. The line was a part of the Northern Line from Garston to terminal stations at Southport, Ormskirk and Kirkby. The current managing director of Merseyrail is Andy Heath. Services are less frequent than those on the Northern Line and Wirral Line, generally half-hourly on weekdays. The Outer Loop would have connected the eastern suburbs of the city: Gateacre, Childwall, Broad Green, Knotty Ash, West Derby, Clubmoor and Walton with the city centre.. , The Strategic Plan for the North West, the SPNW, in 1973 envisaged that the Liverpool to Warrington line would be electrified and integrated into Merseyrail by 1991 as a part of the Northern Line. Two rail-only areas exist, for stations covered by Merseyrail outside the current Liverpool City Region.  This delay in electrification may delay any proposed passenger use for the line. When the metropolitan county councils were abolished by the Local Government Act 1985, new structures had to be created. Merseyrail has publicly committed to aiming to be the best train operating company in the UK. Those proposals for the station on the Merseyrail network are a step closer thanks to two new developments – an agreement with Network Rail, worth £1.2m, to start the next stage of the design process, and the purchase of a plot of land adjacent to the railway cutting off Stanhope Street for £300k, protecting a potential future site for the new station ticket office building. , Connections are provided at Bidston on the West Kirby branch for the Borderlands Line to Wrexham, operated by Transport for Wales, and at Chester to Crewe and London Euston, Wrexham and Shrewsbury, the North Wales Coast line to Llandudno and Holyhead, and to Manchester either via Warrington or via Northwich and Knutsford. 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