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 Travelling into and out of the Liverpool City Region

If you’re travelling into the Liverpool City Region from further afield, or are looking to travel out of the Liverpool City Region

What you need to know

Journeys through Liverpool Lime Street station will be affected for eight weeks, from 2nd June to 29th July, while Network Rail carries out these improvements works.
 

Key advice:

 

  • Liverpool and surrounding areas remain open for business. You will still be able to get where you want to go, but you are likely to need to make some small changes to your journey.
  • Plan ahead and based on your final destination, the alternative travel arrangements may actually get you closer to where you want or need to be within the city centre.
  • Where possible, check up to a month and up to a day in advance of travel to confirm train times.
  • Leave more time for your journeys. Additional journey time estimates are given to help you plan.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to help keep the City Region moving.
  • There will be additional staff on hand to help at key interchanges - if you need help/advice or have a question, please speak to them.
  • When buying a ticket ensure it’s for “Liverpool All Stations”. This will be valid for your whole journey, not just to the specific station and can also be used on the underground loop to get across Liverpool City Centre.
  • If possible speak to your employer about whether there is any flexibility in working times or times you could avoid travelling altogether.
 

Travel information

Travelling by rail

If you normally travel to/from Lime St Station via Warrington Central or Crewe (services to/from London Euston, Birmingham, Crewe, Manchester Oxford Road/Airport/Piccadilly, Sheffield, Nottingham, Norwich and Runcorn):

 

  • Between 2nd June and 29th July mainline services (Virgin, London Northwestern, East Midlands and Northern Trains) will start and terminate at Liverpool South Parkway with passengers able to travel to and from Liverpool City Centre via the Merseyrail ‘metro’ network – a fast electric urban rail network similar to the London Underground. It serves a number of inner and outer city stations, which may get you closer to your final destination than travelling into Lime Street. For more information visit the Merseyrail website. A map showing an overview of services available during each closure phase can be found here.

 

NB: If you are travelling on some of the early morning Virgin services, a high-quality express replacement coach will take you directly from Lime St Station to Liverpool South Parkway to meet your train.
 
Merseyrail offers a fast frequent service, meaning your additional journey time is only estimated to be 20 minutes longer than your usual journey.
 

If you are travelling to/from Lime St via Manchester Victoria, Wigan or Preston

 

  • Week 1: Between 2nd June and 10th June - rail services will start and terminate at Huyton station. Passengers can choose between quality express rail replacement bus services (peak only) direct to/from Lime Street station, or high quality rail replacement buses calling all stations between Huyton and Liverpool Lime Street station.
  • Weeks 2 – 6: Between 11th June and 13th July - passengers will be able to travel to and from Lime Street station by train, with four services an hour between 6am and 8pm. After 8pm quality rail replacement buses will take passengers to all stations to and from Huyton station where they will connect to rail services towards Manchester Victoria, Wigan and Preston.
  • Weeks 7 & 8: Between 14th July and 29th July - passengers will be able to travel by train to/from Huyton Station where quality rail replacement buses, both express (peak only) and stopping services, will be provided to and from Lime Street station.
  • A map showing an overview of services available during each closure phase can be found here.

 

If you’re travelling between Preston/Wigan and Liverpool

 

If you are travelling via Huyton station, see the advice above, or alternatively:
 
  • Use Northern rail services to travel to and from Preston/Wigan via Ormskirk/Kirkby, using the Merseyrail service to take you to and from Moorfields Station in Liverpool City Centre. The Merseyrail ‘metro’ network serves a number of inner and outer city stations which may get you closer to your final destination than travelling into Lime Street Station. For more information visit the Merseyrail website. A map showing an overview of services available during each closure phase can be found here.

 

If you are travelling via Hunts Cross (to/from Manchester)

 

  • Between 2nd June and 29th July - Hunts Cross Station will be served by East Midlands (peak only) and Northern services. No Merseyrail trains will stop there. Some of the Northern services will start and terminate at Hunts Cross, but the Northern Connect Service between Manchester Airport and Liverpool Lime Street Station will call at Hunts Cross and then carry on to Liverpool South Parkway, where it will terminate. Passengers can transfer from this service onto the Merseyrail network to complete their journey or use rail replacement buses from Hunts cross for a speedy alternative into the city centre.
  • Passengers can choose between quality express rail replacement bus services direct to/from Moorfields station in Liverpool City Centre (during peak time only) or high quality rail replacement buses that stop at intermediate stations on the City Line (Liverpool South Parkway, West Allerton, Mossley Hill and Edge Hill) to/from Lime St, St Georges Plateau.
  • Those wanting to travel to or from Liverpool City Centre or across the wider Merseyrail network can take a replacement bus to or from Hunts Cross to and from Liverpool South Parkway where they can pick up Merseyrail’s Northern line, calling at all stations.
  • A map showing an overview of services available during each closure phase can be found here.
 

Travelling by air

Liverpool John Lennon Airport - LJLA

If you’re travelling between the LJLA and Liverpool City Centre

 

Your best option is to catch a direct bus service – the 500 or the 82A will take you directly to or from Liverpool ONE bus station in the heart of the city centre.
 
If you are travelling between LJLA and stations on the Merseyrail network there are a number of ways you can catch any of the following services from Liverpool South Parkway to LJLA and back.
 

If you’re catching a mainline rail service towards/onwards from the airport

 

A number of buses will take you to or from the airport via Liverpool South Parkway where you can connect to services to/from London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester, Crewe, etc. – 500, 82A, 80/80A, 86/86A.
 

Manchester Airport

If you’re travelling between Manchester Airport and Liverpool City centre (or vice versa)

 

From Liverpool City Centre take the Merseyrail network from Moorfields to Liverpool South Parkway where you can pick up the Northern Connect service which goes direct to Manchester Airport. From Manchester Airport, change trains at Liverpool South Parkway and travel on the Merseyrail network to Moorfields for Liverpool City Centre, the waterfront and many hotels.
 

Travelling by coach

Coach services may be a suitable alternative for you during the Lime Street station works.

National Express and Megabus operate services to and from Liverpool and other locations across the Liverpool City Region. For more information visit their websites: