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 Local Transport


Today, transport authorities are increasingly moving beyond traditional "public transport" as in trains, buses, trams etc and towards "mobility". With mobility the focus is about getting passengers and freight efficiently from A to B regardless of transport mode.  It is about the entire journey experience from end to end and the ticket / payment platforms and information systems that help integrate and link all the different modes of transport.




The Liverpool City Region is home to an extensive rail network including the City Line into Liverpool Lime Street rail station and the local Merseyrail network.


Merseyrail is an urban network of vital importance to the transport infrastructure of the Liverpool City Region, operating on the Wirral and Northern lines from Liverpool to local destinations such as Chester, Ellesmere Port, West Kirby, New Brighton, Hunts Cross, Kirkby, Ormskirk and Southport. It is one of the most punctual and reliable railway networks in the UK, with consistently high scores for customer satisfaction.  It runs almost 800 trains per day, carrying more than 100,000 passengers on an average weekday. There are 66 stations on the network, four of which are underground in the city centre, giving easy access to work, study, shopping and leisure.

Liverpool Lime Street is the major rail hub for intercity and long distance services for the Liverpool City Region. The station is easily accessible from elsewhere in the country and has efficient links to major cities including London, Manchester, Leeds, Chester, Preston, Sheffield, York, Newcastle, Nottingham and Birmingham. There are also good links to regions such as Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, the North East, West Midlands and East Midlands. New services to Scotland and Wales are anticipated in next few years.

Liverpool South Parkway is the main rail hub for Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and is located approximately 3 miles from the airport itself. It has efficient links to Manchester, Cheshire, Yorkshire, East Midlands, West Midlands and connections to fast London Euston services at Runcorn or Crewe. Transport is available between the airport and the rail station by bus or taxi. ​Through “add on” tickets are available to Liverpool John Lennon Airport from anywhere on the rail network via Liverpool South Parkway and the connecting bus services. So remember to select this option when purchasing your train ticket online or just ask at your local rail station when purchasing your train ticket.


Key train operators serving the Liverpool City Region include Merseyrail Electrics, Northern Railway, Transpennine Express, East Midlands Trains, London Northwestern Railway (part of West Midlands Trains), Transport for Wales Rail Services and Virgin Trains.


National Rail

National Railcards

HM Forces Railcard



Rail & Sail with Stena Line to Belfast via Liverpool

Rail & Sail with Isle of Man Steam Packet to Douglas via Liverpool


We also support Community Rail Partnerships


National organisations relevant for the rail industry include:


Network Rail 

Britain runs on Rail


In September 2014, Merseytravel published a long term rail strategy setting out rail plans to improve connectivity and capacity within the Liverpool City Region and beyond during the next 30 years. This strategy is due to be refreshed regularly, with an update due out later this year (2017). Click here to see the full Rail Strategy document.


New Trains for Merseyrail

Merseytravel has ordered brand new trains for the Merseyrail network and these are due to be introduced in 2020. Click here to find out more about the new trains.


Growth Track 360

The Liverpool City Region also works closely with partners in West Cheshire and North Wales to improve rail services and connectivity through the Growth Track 360 campaign.


High Speed Rail

The Liverpool City Region is also working hard with partners to maximise the benefits of HIgh Speed Rail. Click here to find out more about this campaign.


Northern Powerhouse Rail

The Liverpool City Region is also working hard with Transport for the North (TfN) and partners across Northern England to transform connectivity between the key economic centres of the North. The programme promises radical changes in service patterns and target journey times.Northern Powerhouse Rail would link the North’s six main cities and Manchester Airport, as well as other significant economic centres. Click here to find out more information about Northern Powerhouse Rail.





Bus travel is one of the most important modes in the Liverpool City Region. The majority of the network is run commercially by the major bus operators.

Some of the major operators in the Liverpool City Region include Arriva, Stagecoach, Cumfy Bus and Halton Transport.​​​


National organisations relevant for the bus industry include:

Bus Users UK

Transport Focus

Greener Journeys

Better by Bus​

The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain

Click here to find out more about Buses and Merseytravel.

Click here to see the full Bus Strategy document.






Liverpool ONE bus station is also served by long distance coach services to destinations across the UK operated by National Express Coaches and Megabus.




Mersey Ferries


Merseytravel owns and operates the Mersey Ferries, Beatles Story, U-Boat Story and the Spaceport attractions. Mersey Ferries has become the Liverpool City Region's most popular paid-for tourist attraction as well as a convenient way to cross the River Mersey, operating services all year round including a week day commuter service, River Explorer cruises, summer evening cruises and Manchester Ship Canal cruises. The vessels are available to hire for special events and excursions.


A Long Term Ferries Strategy has been developed.  This aims to secure their future for generations to come. It is centred around bringing down the cost of the Mersey Ferries to the public purse, while building on their commercial potential. It makes a number of recommendations, including buying at least one new vessel better suited to the leisure and events market. This is expected to be on the River Mersey in the early 2020s.

Click here to see the Mersey Ferries Strategy document.




Excursion Ships

From time to time, excursion ships operate day cruises from Liverpool to a number of destinations including River Weaver, North Wales and Lancashire Coast. 

 Irish Sea Ferries


In addition to the Mersey Ferries, the Liverpool City Region also has regular short sea ro-ro ferry services to Dublin, Belfast and the Isle of Man. Ferry operators include:


Other useful organisations include:


Through Ticketing:





 Liverpool Cruise Terminal

The Liverpool Cruise Terminal at Pier Head also plays an important role in the visitor economy and is a major international gateway. It is owned and managed by Liverpool City Council. In 2016 Liverpool's cruise industry brought in around £7 million to the local economy as the city welcomed 63 cruise ships with, in total, 114,676 passengers and crew. In 2017, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal celebrates its 10th anniversary and played host to 63 ships bringing in more than 111,000 passengers and crew.
Now, building upon this success, city region partners are developing plans to construct a larger improved cruise terminal facility able to handle turnaround cruises with up to 3,600 passengers. It is hoped that this enhanced facility will be open in 2021 subject to the usual planning approval processes. This improved cruise facility will help handle future growth in the Liverpool cruise market, continue its customer service excellence and position it to handle the next generation of super cruise liners.

Other useful organisations include:



Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport mainly has a passenger role with limited freight traffic at the moment. Liverpool Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK. In 2016 it generates £250m GVA per annum for the LCR (with the capability for this to increase to £625 million), £440m GVA per annum to the Northern Powerhouse (with the capability for this to increase to £1billion), supports 6,000 full time equivalent jobs in the LCR (with potential for this to increase to 12,280 full time equivalent jobs), supports 11,900 full time equivalent jobs in the Northern Powerhouse (with potential for this to increase to 22,860 full time equivalent jobs), handles nearly 5 million passengers per annum, supports 700,000 visitor arrivals per annum, and offers flights to destinations across Europe.
Main airlines serving Liverpool include EasyJet, Ryanair, Flybe, WizzAir and Blue Air for example. Click here to see the Airport Master Plan.
Click here to see the Airport Surface Access Strategy.

Other useful organisations include:

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

Military Aviation Authority (MAA)

ATOL - Pack Peace of Mind

ABTA - Travel with Confidence

NATS - National Air Traffic Services

The Border Force

UK Visas & Immigration

HM Passport Office​

Friends of Liverpool Airport

Airport Operators Association (AOA)

British Aviation Group

Airlines UK


North West Aerospace Alliance

Dronesafe UK​



Local Journeys


Helping people and goods to move around efficiently, cleanly, safely and healthily by the most appropriate mode is an integral element of ‘placemaking’. Two thirds of all journeys in our city region are less than 5km in distance but half of them are made by car. We need a better balance between walking and cycling and other forms of local transport to give people a better choice in terms of sustainable travel options.
If we adopt a “whole journey” approach, and promote active travel choices for access to bus and rail hubs for longer journeys, we can create better linkages between jobs and homes across the wider City Region and provide ‘first and last mile’ connections within
neighbourhoods that will make sustainable travel an attractive option.
As a result we are developing with partners a Local Journeys Strategy that will provide a framework for guiding the development of services and infrastructure which support sustainable short trips across the Liverpool City Region (LCR).

The Local Journeys Strategy will provide a joined up approach to shorter trips, by integrating sustainable travel and behaviour change activity with other modes, and approaching it from the traveller’s perspective, rather than from individual mode perspectives. It is a fresh, integrated and innovative approach, particularly in recognition that, in fact, the interventions needed lie (in some part) outside of the transport theme and within areas such as regeneration, spatial planning and health.




On-Demand Mobility


The internet revolution and changing technology is having major impacts and “disrupting” many sectors across the economy including transport and is giving rise to new opportunities.  Over the last five to ten years there has been the emergence of a new sector within transport that some call “ON-DEMAND MOBILITY”. This comprises taxis, private hire, car hire, car sharing, demand responsive buses etc. These offer opportunities to think of new ways to improve transport provision including concepts such as Mobility as a Service as well as embracing new technologies such as autonomous vehicles.


On-Demand Mobility has the potential to be useful in a number of ways and offer more "spontaneous" and "personalised" travel options complementing  the traditional "scheduled" and "mass transit" public transport services including:
  • First and Last Mile Journeys linking with transport hubs of public transport / mass transit. Could also help manage demand at Park & Ride sites perhaps
  • Specialised Transport / Non-Emergency Patient Transport (for example UBER have launched UBER ACCESS for the less mobile in a number of UK cities including Liverpool offering them spontaneous travel choices)
  • Supporting the night time economy when no public transport is operating
  • Rural transport services including demand responsive services where a traditional large bus is not commercially viable


There is a vast diversity of operators entering the “on demand mobility” market and this demonstrates that there are potentially numerous ways of configuring these services, ranging from opportunistic “gap fillers”, with private hire / taxi style business models, to services that are essentially reconfiguring traditional public transport on a digital demand driven model instead of the conventional “scheduled” and “mass transit” model.  This highlights that there is significant demand for “personalised” mobility services where the focus is on management and ownership of data rather than vehicles. It is about flexible and on-demand products. The intimacy of a service coming directly to your home, coupled with the convenience of paying electronically and outsourcing the need to find a parking space or own a vehicle. All this seems to be gathering great commercial appeal. These services tend to require a smartphone, mobile data and a bank account to work. It is about harnessing the potential of technology to deliver benefits including price, convenience and accessibility.

In August 2018, Arriva launched Arriva Click which is their new on-demand bus service in a zone between South Liverpool and Liverpool City Centre including Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Liverpool is the first city in the UK to have ArrivaClick. ArrivaClick is the largest service of its type in the UK with the potential to transform thousands of journeys. 

ArrivaClick is an on-demand minibus service, utilising state-of-the-art ride-sharing technology, which enables multiple passengers, who are travelling in the same direction, to share their ride. And, all this without having to wait at bus stops, or travel a pre-ordained route. ArrivaClick gives customers access to demand-responsive transport via a smartphone.  Passengers are guaranteed a comfortable seat, along with Wi-Fi and USB charging points in one of Arriva’s brand new, luxurious, Mercedes minibuses. What’s more, there’s no need to worry about having the right change, or indeed, any cash at all, as all payments are made electronically via the app.​ ArrivaClick is a corner-to-corner service, passengers simply input their pick-up location and destination and once the app has matched them with a vehicle that’s going their way, their smart minibus will pick them up from a corner nearby and drop them off within a few streets of their destination.​


The Liverpool City Region is home to a vibrant and diverse taxi and private hire industry.  Licensing and regulation of the sector is the responsibility of the six Councils as the Licensing Authorities. Liverpool City houses England's largest hackney carriage fleet in a city outside London and the city is also home to some of the world’s largest private hire operators. Some of the large taxi operators in the Liverpool City Region include Delta Taxis, Uber, Riide, Acorn Taxis, ComCab Liverpool, Argyle Satellite Taxis and Britannia Taxis.


The taxi and private hire industry in the Liverpool City Region plays a vital role in the transport network and local economy supporting key sectors such as the night time economy and tourism as well as access to jobs, education and health etc.


Liverpool also has a car club operated by Enterprise Car Clubs.


There are numerous car sharing organisations in the UK including:


Bla Bla Car

Zipcar UK


Major car rental providers in the UK include:

Avis Budget Group

Europcar UK

Hertz Car Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car


Other useful organisations include:​​



Active Travel


Walking and Cycling are great ways to get around, click here to find out more.

Relevant stakeholders for cycling include Sustrans, British Cycling and Cycling UK.


Relevant stakeholders for walking include Ramblers, Living Streets and Walk Unlimited.

Cycle hire schemes include:

CityBike Liverpool

Bike & Go  




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