Giant number of complaints leads to rethink on rail closures
MERSEYRAIL has revised its decision to close certain train stations during the Giants Spectacular next week after complaints from commuters.
However, 25 stations – including Hillside and Freshfield – will still be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5-7, as the train company tries to keep its services running to schedule despite more than double the usual number of passengers.
Merseyrail announced the temporary closures and service changes last week, prompting anger from commuters and schoolchildren who would be left without a local station to travel from on Friday, October 5.
Merseyrail has now said trains WILL stop at Hightown and Bache – two of the stations people were particularly vocal about being missed out.
Merseyrail managing director Andy Heath said: “The Giants is one of our busiest events and in terms of visitors travelling by Merseyrail it far surpasses most other events within the city of Liverpool.
“Normally, 110,000 passenger journeys are made on Merseyrail per day. With the Giants event we have to plan for more than double those numbers of visitors.
“With a finite number of trains and carriages available it is a major challenge for us.
“With these two alterations to what was originally proposed, I am confident we will do our best to ensure that as many people as possible get to the city to have a great day at the Giants.
“We will have large numbers of staff deployed at key stations to assist with travel to the event.
“It’s never ideal to announce the temporary closure of any station but by doing this on the days of the event we are able to increase the number of carriages on routes throughout the day and therefore carry larger numbers of passengers.”
Besides the station closures, Wirral Line services will terminate at Liverpool Central, and Northern Line passengers will use Moorfields.
For more information go to www.merseyrail.org
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