Transport services keep Liverpool and Wirral open for business and leisure every day of the week

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27th January 2017
Whether people are travelling around the City Region for work or for leisure they are reminded that there are plenty of hassle-free travel options to help them cross the river at weekends during the Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal works.

Whether people are travelling around the City Region for work or for leisure they are reminded that there are plenty of hassle-free travel options to help them cross the river at weekends during the Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal works.

Alternative transport services put in place during the work, which is part of a £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region’s rail network over the next three years, are working well.

Customers are reminded that these transport services will also continue to run at the weekends for the duration of the track renewal works which is due to finish on 18th  June 2017.  

Rail Replacement buses – express services run directly from Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North to Moorfields and St George’s Hall, with return buses at least every 15 minutes and fast journey times through the tunnels.

People who would normally use loop services to get around the city centre (trains between James St, Moorfields, Lime St and Central) can use their rail tickets on the 10A bus to travel around the ‘loop’.

The Northern Line is not affected by these works. Don’t forget any customers using Rail Replacement services to travel to Moorfields can also pick up one of 12 trains per hour on the Northern Line from Moorfields to Liverpool Central if they are heading to this part of the city.

A limited bike bus service is also available for cyclists. Information and the timetable is available on the Merseyrail website  www.merseyrail.org/trackrenewal  
 
Mersey Ferries - a River Cruise Explorer service runs at the weekends and tickets for those intending to go cross-river, rather than take the full cruise, are available. Sailings depart from the Pier Head every hour between 10am and 4pm and there is free parking for 370 cars at Seacombe. The Ferries are also an option for cyclists as cycles can’t be carried on rail replacement buses. 

Bus - 14 existing cross-river bus services run between Wirral/Chester and Liverpool.

Mersey Tunnels – tunnels are proving to be flowing freely at weekends, apart from periods of match day traffic, meaning that driving may be an option on Saturdays and Sundays without creating congestion in the tunnels.

Phase two of the works will begin on Monday 13th February when all Wirral line trains will start and terminate at James Street station from Monday to Friday. At weekends, all services will start and terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central Stations. Rail replacement buses will run between Wirral and Liverpool stations.

More information and travel advice for Phase 2 will be available soon and will be included on Merseyrail’s information and advice pages online at  www.merseyrail.org/trackrenewal      
 
Merseytravel Interim Chief Executive Frank Rogers said: 

“Our monitoring figures for the first few weeks show that the alternative transport services are running very well and are keeping people moving across the river in both directions both during the week and at weekends. We’d like to thank the people of the City Region for following the transport advice and helping to mitigate delay.

“The figures also show that traffic continues to flow freely through the tunnels in both directions at the weekends, meaning that taking the car could be an additional option on Saturdays and Sundays.  We also expect this to also be the case during Phase 2 of the works which starts on Monday 13th February. 

“Transport providers will continue to work closely together throughout the programme to monitor and manage the transport network, ensuring that the Liverpool City Region is kept moving and people can continue with their work and leisure activities.”