Plan ahead to travel for the Gi­ant week­end

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

RAIL pas­sen­gers are be­ing urged to plan jour­neys to and from Liver­pool care­fully this week­end dur­ing the third and fi­nal visit of The Giants.

From to­day un­til Sun­day (Oc­to­ber 4-7), the Giants will once again take to the street­sand both Merseyrail and North­ern want all cus­tomers to be aware of train times and po­ten­tial dis­rup­tion.

Merseyrail has warned pas­sen­gers that trains will not stop at nearly 20sta­tions, in­clud­ing two in West Lan­cashire – Aughton Park and Town Green – while the Giants are in Liver­pool.

Other sta­tions that will be closed are: Hill­side, Fresh­field, Bootle Oriel Road, Bank Hall, Lime Street low-level, James Street, Rice Lane, Manor Road, Me­ols, Birken­head Park, Con­way Park, Eastham Rake, Brom­bor­ough Rake, Spi­tal and Port Sun­light.

Changes will be made over Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day.

Many work­ers and par­ents have voiced their anger at the changes.

All North­ern Line ser­vices will ter­mi­nate at Moor­fields, while Wir­ral Line ser­vices will ter­mi­nate at Liver­pool Cen­tral.

Merseyrail said the spe­cial events timetable was to en­sure a “ro­bust and re­li­able ser­vice”.

North­ern said the RMT union has called strike ac­tion for Satur­day which will re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in ser­vices and an early fin­ish for trains head­ing out of the city.

Craig Har­rop, in­terim re­gional di­rec­tor at North­ern, said: “We are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to run as many ser­vices as pos­si­ble to sup­port the event and keep cus­tomers on the move.

“On Satur­day how­ever, as a re­sult of RMT strike ac­tion, we will only be able to run a very lim­ited ser­vice, with most trains start­ing af­ter 8am and fin­ish­ing be­fore 7pm.

“Those ser­vices we are able to run will be ex­tremely busy and I am call­ing on our cus­tomers to plan their travel care­fully and, where pos­si­ble, to seek al­ter­na­tive means of travel to and from Liver­pool. “Cus­tomers may also face some dis­rup­tion on Sun­day and, again, I would ask any­one who plans to use North­ern ser­vices to travel into the city to plan ahead and check train run­ning in­for­ma­tion.”

Xolo the gi­ant dog will be one of the at­trac­tions in Liver­pool

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