Giant outcry forces rail closure rethink
ANGRY commuters have forced Merseyrail to rethink plans to close Hightown station while the Giants are in Liverpool.
Merseyrail announced that changes will be made throughout the network over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5-7, with 20 stations to close.
Many workers and parents took to Twitter to voice their anger at being left high and dry.
The rail group has now revised its decision to close certain stations.
But 25 stations will still be closed as the train company tries to keep its services running to schedule despite expecting 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 – one of the stations people were particularly vocal about being missed.
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.
Town Green station will still close.
For more information, visit www.merseyrail.org.