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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

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, bus services are subject to change depending on national government advice. We are working closely with transport operators as the Coronavirus situation develops. Please keep an eye on our dedicated page for the latest details using the link below:

Coronavirus: Bus Service Updates

There are a couple of bus service changes due from Sunday 18 October. The 300 is to be rerouted around Kew (Southport) and the 22A has two Saturday journeys withdrawn between Warrington and Earlestown. The latest timetables for these and other services will be available to downloaded in pdf form from the Merseytravel website:

Bus Timetables

Rethink Travel - how you can help

The health and safety of both customers and staff is a number one priority for Merseytravel. That’s why we are continuing to follow national Government advice and we’re working closely with rail, bus and other transport operators to provide services as safely as possible

New restrictions were announced by the Government from Tuesday 22 Sept. Please use public transport for essential journeys only such as travelling to work or school. This could also include for necessary shopping, access to medical appointments and for caring responsibilities.

This means you should only use public transport essential purposes such as travelling to school or work.

So, we're asking everyone to rethink how they travel and consider when and by what means you travel.

Continue to walk or cycle where possible.

If you do need to use public transport then follow our important journey planning advice including planning ahead and pay by contactless or use pre-paid tickets if you can.

Remember don’t forget to wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. They are still mandatory on public transport and at all enclosed areas of transport hubs including all rail stations, ferry terminals and Merseytravel Centres.

You can read the Government information and check out our Face Covering FAQs to find out more including how to make your own face coverings at home and whether you are exempt due to a medical condition.

For more information please visit the Rethink Travel campaign on the Merseytravel website. If you do need to use public transport you can plan your journey using the Merseytravel Journey Planner.

 

School Services

The way we use public transport has changed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

So, if you’re travelling to and from school college, university or are a parent, we’ve got some important information and advice to help get you or your children there and back and keep everyone safe.

The information and links here will help you plan how you will travel. You are encouraged to walk and cycle if you can, especially if you live within a mile or two of your school, leaving public transport available for those who live a little further away.

Buses and trains are running to get you to and from school, but capacity may be reduced due to social distancing.  As it is difficult to predict demand across every service, please check direct with rail and bus operators for the last service information, timetables on a regular basis as things may change.

Arrangements for different schools, colleges and universities will vary, so it is vital that you check directly with your own school or college to understand any local arrangements being put in place.

School bus services resumed on Tuesday 1 September. School specific timetables are available to download here: 

Buses Serving Schools

With information on additional services available here:

School Services - Latest Information

Planned changes to rail services

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, rail services are subject to change depending on national government advice. We are working closely with transport operators as the Coronavirus situation develops. Please keep an eye on our dedicated page for the latest details using the link below: 

Coronavirus: Rethink Travel


City Line:

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

 

Merseyrail:

Merseyrail has continued running rail services as part of the national effort to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. We’ve added more services, however, in line with latest government advice please only travel if essential, such as travelling to and from work or school. When you travel with us, you should maintain social distancing wherever possible and remember passengers must wear their own face covering whilst on our trains, unless exempt. The government has made this mandatory from 15 June 2020. Please also wear one at our stations and check our information pages before you travel. A £6,400 maximum fine applies. For important updated information about using the Merseyrail service and the most recent timetable changes follow the links below:


Current Merseyrail Timetables

Wirral Line

Sunday 18 October

Rail replacement buses will be in operation all day between:

  • Birkenhead North and New Brighton
  • Birkenhead North and Bidston
  • Birkenhead North and Leasowe

Trains will run as normal between West Kirby and Bidston.

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

Planned Mersey Tunnels Closures

The Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will be closed to all traffic on the following nights whilst we undertake essential maintenance work:

  • from 2100 on Monday 19 October to 0630 Tuesday 20 October
  • from 2100 on Tuesday 20 October to 0630 Wednesday 21 October
  • from 2100 on Wednesday 21 October to 0630 Thursday 22 October
  • from 2100 on Thursday 22 October to 0630 Friday 23 October


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