PASSENGERS have been thanked after successful upgrade works took place at Edge Hill station this weekend.

A signalling upgrade took place at Edge Hill station and as it is the gateway to Lime Street, trains could not run on any lines in or out of the station between Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3.

Now the signal controls for Edge Hill have been transferred to Network Rail's state-of-the-art rail operating centre in Manchester as part of the Great North Rail Project.

All lines fully reopened to passengers successfully today (Monday, November 4).

Phil James, managing director of Network Rail’s North West route, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to passengers who used a different train or a bus to make their journey in and out of Liverpool over the weekend.

“Edge Hill is one of the final areas within the Liverpool City Lines to be added to Manchester rail operating centre, allowing signalling in Liverpool to be managed from one place, along with other vital areas in the North West.

“This will mean more reliable journeys and fewer delays by allowing faster decision making on the railway.”

Opened in 1830, Edge Hill station is the oldest passenger railway station in the world and by moving the signalling control to Manchester, the rail operating centre means signallers can rapidly respond to disruption and route trains faster to minimise delays.

Liverpool Lime Street, Halton, Runcorn, Allerton, Speke and Garston were moved to the same system last year, for more information visit