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Platforms 1 to 6 are shorter than 7 to 9, the latter dealing mainly with long-distance services to London, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Norwich.Access to platforms 1–6 is through a ticket inspection barrier similar to airport passport control, while platform 7 is now gated with the creation of new shops and facilities. In 2009, new buildings were erected in the old "cab road" area between platforms 7 and 8.
Locomotives were removed from the trains and the passenger carriages were taken down by gravity, with the descent controlled by brakemen in a brake van.An office tower block named Concourse House and a row of small shops used to stand outside the southern train shed, obscuring the arches.These dated from the 1960s, and by the 2000s had become run down.* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Liverpool Lime Street from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Liverpool Lime Street is a terminus railway station, and the main station serving the city centre of Liverpool.Opened in August 1836, it is the oldest grand terminus mainline station still in use in the world.The station has direct bus services to the Liverpool One bus station on the 10A, C4 and C5 routes (Until July 2017), and from the bus station for Liverpool John Lennon Airport use services 86A (frequent & night services) and 500.
The bus services are provided by Arriva, and Cumfybus.
The underground Lime Street Wirral Line station on the Merseyrail network is accessed via the main terminus.
Lime Street is the largest and oldest railway station in Liverpool, and is one of 18 stations managed by Network Rail.
The Merseyrail network gave ease of access for the whole Merseyside region to the one remaining large terminus.
The station concourse was again altered in 1983-4, with the total cost of refurbishment estimated at £7.4 million.
These currently house customer lounges, the Virgin Trains customer service point, and an ATM, and there are retail units which have coffee shops amongst the units.