Transport services keep Liverpool and
Wirral open for business and leisure every day of the week
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 3 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 18 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 1 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
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.
Merseytravel Interim Chief Executive Frank Rogers said:- "Our monitoring
figures for the 1st 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, 13 February 2017.
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
Phase 2 of the works will begin on Monday, 13 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