Last Thursday I was invited by Network Rail to a tour and briefing at Liverpool Central Station.
Having worked in the rail industry prior to becoming an MP and having a proud family history of working on the railways I have a long standing interest in train operations and I was excited to go along and be shown the underground section of the station.
I put on my hard hat and florescent orange protective gear and I was shown around and embarked on the tour which included exclusive access inside a rail tunnel.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the temporary closure of the Wirral line service. Essential track renewal work will be taking place between January and June 2017 and Network Rail delivered a briefing on the day about what the work will involve.
The work is part of an investment plan to provide passengers in the Liverpool City Region with faster, more frequent and reliable train services by 2019.
The benefits for passengers will include a bigger and better railway network with longer and faster trains, more reliable railway infrastructure and better facilities for passengers, especially at stations and increased capacity/additional services.
Whilst the work will mean temporary limitations to the Wirral line next year for a period of six months it's got to be done. There is no escaping the fact that we have the oldest of railways & it needs a lot of TLC.
I am already looking forward to seeing the finished result and if constituents need further specific information about the work then I am happy to ask Network Rail and get back to you.