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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

28 November 2021

Route 166 and 188 Belle Vale and Halewood Circulars
Route 188 Monday to Friday daytime service is re-instated, except for the 1725 journey from Belle Vale. The evening and weekend service remains suspended.
Route 166 is unaffected.

PDF files for bus services across the Merseyside region are available to download from the Bus Timetables link below. As the situation continues to evolve please continue to check the following useful links for updates on bus services:

Bus Timetables

Arriva       Stagecoach     

Bus Service Changes

Rethink Travel - how you can help keep everyone safe

Thank you to all our customers for their support and co-operation during the past 18 months.

  • As we start to get back to doing the things we love and travel more, we’re asking you to keep up the good work and follow the below advice so that your journeys continue to be as smooth and safe as possible.
  • If you’ve been cycling and walking more, try to keep that up if you can. It’s a great way to stay active and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • If you’ve not used public transport for a while, it’s a good idea to plan your journey and check timetables as some services have changed while you’ve have been away.
  • Although face coverings are no longer mandatory we’re encouraging you to wear them especially on busy services and crowded places out of respect for others.
  • It’s also a good idea to keep washing your hands before and after every journey

For more information please visit the Rethink Travel campaign on the Merseytravel website before you travel.


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.

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. 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.



Sunday 28 November

Southport Line

Rail replacement buses will run between:

  • Southport and Formby stations

Trains will run between:

  • Formby and Liverpool stations

We continue to remind passengers that they must follow government-issued advice.

You can find more information on current Merseyrail timetables here.


Lift Improvement Works

Merseyrail are constantly making improvements to our network for the benefit of our customers.

Full details of the latest projects can be found here.

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

Planned Mersey Tunnels Closures

There are no planned full closures of the Mersey Tunnels this week.

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