Liverpool Central (LVC)

Type: National Rail (Merseyrail)
Station code: LVC
Opened: 1874
Platforms: 3
Liverpool Central lies on the loop which is the hub of the Merseyrail network and is the busiest underground station outside of London. The original station was a surface station built in 1874 and was the terminus of the Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC) line from Manchester Central.

In 1892 the low-level part of the station was built as the terminus of the Mersey Railway's line from the Wirral. Both stations were closed in the early 1970s but Liverpool Central re-opened as a underground station only in 1977 with the new loop built under the centre of Liverpool for Wirral Line trains[1]. Liverpool Central has a platform on that loop between Lime Street and James Street. Another link was the Northern Line - the former CLC line, which was taken underground following the building of a new link tunnel [2], and now runs between Southport and Hunts Cross. As well as through trains Liverpool Central is also the starting point for trains on the Northern Line branch to Kirkby and Ormskirk.

Liverpool Central is the busiest station on the Merseyrail network with over 15 million passengers going through it a year.
508 114 at the Wirral Line platform
Northern Line platforms

507 024 arrives with a North bound service

[1] Chris Heaps, BR Diary 1968-1977 (Ian Allan, 1988) p. 114
[2] Jonathan Cadwallader & Martin Jenkins, Merseyside Electrics (Ian Allan, 2010) p. 57