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Changes to Merseyrail services from Monday 18th May

Merseyrail is increasing the frequency and number of train services from Monday 18th May, in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday of a gradual reduction in lockdown measures.

The Government’s guidance makes clear that only those that absolutely must travel by train, should do so.

From Monday, Merseyrail is increasing services to a level that aims to meet an increase in demand, while taking into account the number of railway staff isolating due to the virus. Passengers are being reminded that these services are for essential journeys only. If people can use alternative forms of transport including cycling or walking they should do so, in line with the Government guidance.

Trains will now operate within normal operating hours, albeit at a reduced frequency as follows:

Monday to Saturday

Southport – Hunts Cross line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

Please note: Additional services will operate during peak times Monday to Friday.

Ormskirk line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

Kirkby line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

West Kirby & New Brighton lines

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 45 minutes until end of service.

Chester line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

Ellesmere Port line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then a reduced frequency until end of service.

Sunday

Sunday services will still operate between the hours of 08:00 and 20:00.

Check  out full details of the Merseyrail timetable. 

In line with government advice released by the Department for Transport, Merseyrail is encouraging passengers to follow social distancing guidelines when using the network:

  • Maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • Wear face coverings if you can
  • Use contactless payments where possible
  • Avoid peak travel if you can
  • Arrive at the station in good time
  • Leave plenty of time for your journey – you might not make the train you planned due to social distancing measures
  • Wash or sanitise hands as soon as possible before and after travel
  • Follow advice from staff and be considerate to other passengers
  • Please be kind and respectful to staff and other passengers.

Passengers are also advised to check before and on their day of travel using

Mersey Tunnels

From Thursday 14th May Mersey Tunnel Tolls will be re-instated. Merseytravel is asking people to pay by Fast Tag or contactless card or to have the correct cash as change won’t be given. This is to protect both customers and staff.

Read more.

Mersey Ferries

From Thursday 14 th May, the morning and evening commuter services will resume between Seacombe and Liverpool, from 7.20am to 10am, and again between 4pm and 7pm.

People are asked to pay by contactless/card payments and to use the ticket machines at the terminals.

All other Mersey Ferries services and cruises have been suspended.

Find out more about public transport from Merseytravel.