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Web of Transport September 4, 2008

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Merseyside’s intricate web of public transport is being strengthened as crowds gather for the spectacular “La Machine” in Liverpool.

The volume of people visiting the city is expected to be huge for the event; one of the highlights in the Capital of Culture calendar.

Merseytravel has been working with operators to ensure the network is fully prepared to deal with the influx of people.

Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said: “We are expecting big numbers of people to visit the city and enjoy this sensational event so our strong recommendation is to leave your car at home, come in by bus, train or ferry and leave plenty of time for your journey.”

Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel, added: “If this event is anything like the Sultan’s Elephant in London then we can expect the road and public transport network to get a real test.

“We have been working hard with our operating colleagues and our partners to make sure we are ready to take the strain and we are strengthening services, particularly on the rail network, wherever we can.”
For advice, people visiting the city are urged to contact Merseytravel’s Traveline team on 0871 200 22 33.”

Extra members of the team will staff phones later into the evening to help people find the best way to attend the event. Traveline will be open from 7am to 8pm on Friday, 8am to 8pm on Saturday and 8am until 10.30pm on Sunday, when the event is due to come to a sensational conclusion.

The focus of the event will move to Pier Head tomorrow (Friday). As a result Mersey Ferries will be running additional services from Pier Head, Seacombe and Woodside ferry terminals on Friday evening, with extended direct services running every half hour up until 8.45pm.

Because of the complexities of this large scale event, bus services into and out of the city centre will be disrupted. Passengers can call Merseytravel’s Traveline team for the latest information.
Northern Rail will be strengthening services from Lime Street Station on Saturday from 5pm onwards, as well as almost all day on Sunday.

Merseyrail will be strengthening trains (i.e. increasing to six carriages) on major routes on Friday evening after 7pm, most of Saturday and all day on Sunday.

The Mersey Tunnels will also play a key role in the breathtaking climax of the event on Sunday evening. As a result, the Queensway Tunnel will be fully closed to traffic from 6am on Sunday until 6.30am on Monday morning.

During this period all traffic wishing to cross under the River Mersey should use the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel.

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