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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
Shops noteShoe repairer Wide range of shops Convenience store Passport Photo Booth
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Food vending machine
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
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
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 West KirbyMerseyrail10:553Late
to ChesterMerseyrail10:573Late
to OrmskirkMerseyrail11:001On time
to Ellesmere PortMerseyrail11:003On time
to New BrightonMerseyrail11:033On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from ChesterMerseyrail10:563Late
from Kirkby (Merseyside)Merseyrail10:571On time
from Ellesmere PortMerseyrail11:003On time
from OrmskirkMerseyrail11:032On time
from New BrightonMerseyrail11:033On time
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