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When the original Liverpool Central station opened in 1874, it was a large terminal station with a grand three-storey building above ground, fronting on to Ranelagh Street, and a huge arch-roofed train shed behind, housing six platforms, with direct routes to destinations all over the country including Manchester Central, London St. Pancras, London Marylebone, Hull and Harwich. By the 1960s, most routes had been diverted to Lime Street, and in 1973, the buildings were demolished. Now, Liverpool Central lives on, underground. In fact, it's the busiest station in Liverpool and the busiest underground station outside of London, welcoming 40,000 passengers every day. There's been an underground station here since 1892, but it really came into its own in the 1970s when it became the central hub of the Merseyrail network, serving the Northern and Wirral lines. The station underwent a multi-million pound face-lift in 2012.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday 05:25 - 00:16
Sunday 07:45 - 00:16
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionUnavailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
ShopsAvailable
Shops noteShoe repairer Wide range of shops Convenience store Passport Photo Booth
PostboxUnavailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Food vending machine
ATMAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage spaces30
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes<p>Apply for Free Secure Cycle storage access <a href="http://www.merseyrail.org/cycle">www.merseyrail.org/cycle</a></p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Ticket office is step free. Lifts to platforms.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsUnavailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Taxi rank services by accessible'black'cabs' are located left out of the station in Hanover Street 200 metres on the right , 100 metres on the right or right out of station in Elliot Street.

Liverpool Central station is on three levels accessed through the shopping centre. On the entry level is the main concourse with a ticket office, shop and ticket machines. Straight ahead through the barriers, you'll find toilet and baby-change facilities. Left from the barriers are the escalators down to the Wirral Line and to the right are escalators and stairs to the Northern Line. The lift serves all three levels.

Departures and arrivals from Liverpool Central

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Liverpool Central station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Kirkby (Merseyside)Merseyrail09:351On time
to West KirbyMerseyrail09:363Late
to Hunts CrossMerseyrail09:441On time
to ChesterMerseyrail09:453On time
to OrmskirkMerseyrail09:472On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from West KirbyMerseyrail09:353On time
from OrmskirkMerseyrail09:412On time
from SouthportMerseyrail09:431On time
from ChesterMerseyrail09:453On time
from New BrightonMerseyrail09:503On time
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