Changes made to layout of Liverpool Lime Street Station

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New changes come into effect today at Lime Street Station after the Government eased elements of the coronavirus lockdown in England last night.

The new measures, put in place over the weekend but beginning today, include safeguarding measures at entrances to the station and on every platform.

Photos from the station's main concourse show the creation of a new one way entrance and exit system at the main door to the station and installation of railings throughout the station.

A new one way entrance and exit has also been implemented in the station

Railings have also been installed in front of each platform to better enable social distancing before passengers board trains.

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The station will now be fully staffed as the Department of Transport and Network Rail gear up for implementing a partial easing of lockdown restrictions, even though rail services continue to operate on a reduced timetable.

The changes come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night outlined some initial details of the next phase of lockdown in England.

New railings have been implemented throughout the station

Whereas all employees were previously told to stay at home, the Prime Minister has now told people to "go to work if you can't work from home" as well as easing some restrictions on outdoor leisure activities.

However, there remains considerable confusion over the practical meaning of much of the new guidance with the public still being told to avoid public transport.

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Those returning to work have instead been told to use cars, bikes or walk to work where possible.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and union bosses in the region have today raised concerns about the Prime Minister encouraging some employees to return to work while public transport capacity is still limited.

Speaking at Saturday's Downing Street press briefing, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that capacity across public transport would be seriously limited due to social distancing rules.

Mr Shapps said that social distancing meant that, even if returned to a full service, all public transport could run at "Just a tenth of the old capacity."

He said: "The need to maintain social distancing means that our public transport system cannot go back to work where it left off.

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"Here is a very stark fact. Even with public transport reverting to full service- once you take into account the two metre social distancing rule- there would only be effective capacity for one in ten passengers on many parts of the network.

"Just a tenth of the old capacity.

"So, getting Britain moving again, while not overcrowding our transport network, is going to require many of us to think carefully about how and when we travel."

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