New map will change how you think about the Merseyrail network

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The Merseyrail network has been reimagined in a new map produced by an architecture student.

The rail network runs the length and breadth of Merseyside, connecting vast parts of the region and transporting millions of people every year.

In its current form it consists of the Northern and Wirral lines, both run by Merseyrail.

The City Line, which runs eastwards from Lime Street, also appears on the map though it is not operated by Merseyrail.

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Each of these lines have multiples branches and on Merseyrail's current map those branches are all shown as being part of the same line.

The new maps, designed by architecture student Richard Gray, splits these up to form lines of their own and to take into account differences in services between some branches.

The new design sees the Northern Line split in to N1, N2, and N3, while the Wirral line is split into W1, W2, W3 and W4.

The City Line is also split into three.

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The Merseyrail network is set to undergo significant changes in the coming years.

New trains are currently being tested on the network and new stations are set to be built in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle and in Kirkby.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has previously spoken of his ambition to create "Merseyrail-for-All", an ambition which could eventually see the network expanded past its current limits, with the potential to introduce services to areas of our region currently served by other operators.

This could include St Helens, Widnes and southwards to Crewe and Nantwich.