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Your weekly update, keeping you in touch with planned changes to Merseyside’s public transport and tunnels. This does not include diversions to buses that have been implemented due to roadworks or special events.

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Planned changes to bus services

There are no planned changes to bus services in the Merseyside area this week.

PDF files for bus services across the Merseyside region are available to download from the Bus Timetables link below:

Bus Timetables

For further information on future changes the following links may prove useful:

Bus Service Changes

Arriva       Stagecoach


Travel to and from school

For ways to travel to and from schools, including commercial services, please use our Journey Planner to find the right service for you.

Alternatively, you can check out the list of schools using this link to see which buses serve specific schools and view their dedicated booklets. These services are in addition to the regular bus network. You can also view these bus routes and times on our timetables page.

 

For information on disruptions to bus services across Merseyside please visit the Travel Updates page.

Planned changes to rail services

City Line:

For information on any changes please check with the rail operator you are travelling with.

For further information regarding any planned National Rail industrial action please use the following link: Industrial Action: National Rail

 

Northern line:

There are no planned engineering works on the Northern line this week.

 

Cancellations to the Southport and Hunts Cross lines

Following the introduction of the new Class 777 trains onto the Merseyrail network, temporary timetable changes are being made to the Hunts Cross and Southport lines to assist with driver training.

Please see the following link for details: Cancellations on the Southport - Hunts Cross line


Ongoing Headbolt Lane via Kirkby line timetable changes

From Tuesday 19 January, the Headbolt Lane line will be served by three trains per hour during the daytime.

Please see the following link for details: Three trains per hour between Headbolt Lane and Liverpool Central


Please continue to check the Merseyrail website for the most up to date information as services may change at short notice.

 

Wirral Line:

There are no planned engineering works on the Wirral line this week.

Amendments to the West Kirby and New Brighton lines

Following the introduction of the new Class 777 trains onto the Merseyrail network, further temporary timetable changes are being made to the West Kirby and New Brighton lines to assist with driver training.

Please see the following link for details: Timetable changes to West Kirby and New Brighton lines

For further details, and information regarding any additional changes, please visit the Merseyrail website.

Planned Mersey Tunnels Closures

The Queensway (Birkenhead) tunnel is set benefit from a comprehensive lighting upgrade to save on energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

June will see the start of an £11m project to upgrade a range of major electrical equipment, including replacing the current lighting with an energy efficient LED system.

This means that from Monday 5 June 2023, the Queensway Tunnel will remain open during the day but will close every night between 21:00 hours and 06:30 hours to enable the works to take place.

The closures will be over 7 days a week and are expected to last over a prolonged period of time to allow this investment in the Tunnel. 

Cross river bus services will be diverted and so passengers are advised to check directly with their operator for any changes to their journey and to plan ahead.

Cyclists looking to use the Queensway Tunnel during the planned night time closures can still do however, this is under a Police escort only.

They can report to the Police Information points at either end of the Tunnel, Old Haymarket or Kings Square, and call the Police Help Point or call 0300 3000 999. Mersey Tunnels Police will arrange safe passage through the Tunnel during the closure for essential travel i.e. travel to and from work and entry may be refused at certain times for safety reasons.

Cyclists must not enter the Tunnel without the Police escort for safety management reasons.

The above information is currently correct but closures may be subject to change.