Plan ahead to travel for the Giant weekend
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.”