Developers have started work on a £2m project to improve the appearance of Liverpool's main railway station.
Councillor Mark Dowd said first impressions were important
The revamp of Lime Street station, a key gateway for travellers into the city, is expected to be completed before 2008 - Capital of Culture year.
Improvements will include new flooring, information screens, a relocated taxi rank, extra seating and new short stay car park, with disabled spaces.
The revamp of the southern concourse should be finished by May 2007.
Councillor Mark Dowd, Merseytravel chairman, said the station's status as the city's main gateway meant first impressions were important.
"At the moment the impression we are giving the millions of people every year isn't great, particularly inside the station," said Mr Dowd.
"The station flooring adjacent to the trains has remained untouched since before Beatle Mania. Our investment will help to change that.
"Lime Street Station is going to be very important over the next two years, with Liverpool's birthday and the 2008 celebrations, but this is also about leaving a lasting legacy of improvement that will shape people's perceptions for many years to come."
The work, carried out by Network Rail on behalf of Merseytravel, will be carried out near to platforms seven, eight and nine of the station over the next six months.
Merseytravel said disruption to passengers would be kept to a minimum.