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Tall Ships Weekend Travel & Events July 15, 2008

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Visitors to this year’s Tall Ship Races event are being urged to use public transport and avoid peak time travelling wherever possible.

Access by public transport is good to the two key sites of the event, Albert Dock and Wellington Dock and a range of public transport options are in place to get people to and from the Mersey River front.

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By Rail

The easiest way to get to the Tall Ships event will be by train.

There are around 5,000 free park and rides spaces across the Merseyrail network.

Enhanced rail services will be in operation throughout the event, with trains every ten minutes at peak times.

Rail passengers should get off the train at James Street, Central or Moorfields on the city centre loop line for access to the Albert Dock.

Passengers should get off at Sandhills Station on Merseyrail’s Northern Line for Wellington Dock.

The Northern Line has great links with trains connecting at Lime Street Station, Liverpool Central, Liverpool South Parkway and Southport. The advice is to use Central Station or Moorfields to get onto Northern Line from the City Centre.

From Friday 18th July to Saturday 19th July, there will be six strengthened trains (six cars) every hour during the peak hours (6.30am to 10.30am and 4pm to 8pm) on the Southport line for visitors travelling to/from Liverpool city centre and Sandhills (for Wellington Dock) to view the tall ships in dock.

In between these hours the frequency will be three trains every hour, also made up of six cars. Trains on the Ormskirk and Kirkby lines will be all six-car services and run three times every hour.

On Sunday 20th July, strengthened Southport line services will again run six times every hour during the peak hours (7am to 10.30am and 4.30pm to 8pm) and four times per hour during the rest of the day. Trains on the Ormskirk and Kirby lines will operate a normal Sunday service (two strengthened trains every hour).

Wirral line services will operate a Saturday service and, wherever possible, will operate as six car trains.

Parade of Sail – Merseyrail

Enhanced rail services will be in operation to the Wirral and Southport coasts for the best views of the Parade of Sail on Monday 21st July.

On Monday trains will operate to their normal frequencies across the Merseyrail network (mostly four trains per hour) with all Southport line trains made up of six cars.

There will be additional trains on the New Brighton line (eight trains every hour) between 3pm and 7pm for spectators who want to view the spectacle from the Wirral side of the Mersey.

By Bus

Existing bus services will be in operation, subject to some adjustments due to road closures.

Contact Traveline Merseyside for the latest information on bus services in Merseyside during this event – 0871 200 22 33.

A regular shuttle bus service will operate from St Nicholas Place opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel to Wellington Dock on Regent Road.

The service, operated by Arriva North West and Merseytravel, will be fully accessible.

These buses will run from 10am until 10pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the race.

On the Monday, a shuttle bus will take passengers from Hamilton Square Station on the Wirral line to Seacombe, one of the recommended viewing areas.

Buses will not run to Wellington Dock on Monday 21 July as the ships will move from their berths to the River Mersey for the Parade of Sail.

Mersey Ferries

Mersey Ferries will be providing extra services on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Tall Ships.

Services will be extended into the evenings and two vessels will be operating on all three days.

On Friday 18th July, normal direct services will operate between Seacombe and Pier Head from 7.20am to 9.50am.

From 10am until 3.30pm River Explorer cruises will operate every half hour from Pier Head, Seacombe and Woodside.

Direct services to all three terminals will then again continue from 4.15pm to 8.55pm.

On Saturday 19th July and Sunday 20th July direct services will operate between Seacombe, Pier Head and Woodside from 8.05am to 9.45am.

Then from 10am until 6pm on both days River Explorer cruises will operate every half hour from all three terminals.

Direct services to all three terminals will then again continue from 7pm to 8.40pm.

On Parade of Sail day, Monday 21st July, Ferries will depart every ten minutes between Pier Head and Seacombe from 7.20am to 10am. Between 10am and 10.50am direct services will continue every 20 minutes.

Due to the closure of the river to all vessels not involved in the Parade of Sail, the will be no ferry services from 10.50am through to 5.55pm.

From 5.55pm direct services will begin operating between all three ferry terminals every ten minutes. Last services are 8.25pm (Seacombe to Woodside and Liverpool), 8.35pm (Woodside to Liverpool) and 8.45pm (Liverpool to Seacombe).

Visit www.merseyferries.co.uk for full details.

Mersey Tunnels

Both Mersey Tunnels will be operating throughout the event and there are no planned closures.

Useful Contacts

For information on all modes of transport contact Merseytravel’s Traveline team or visit the websites below.

Traveline Merseyside – 0871 200 22 33 – Extra staff will be operating Traveline from Thursday 17th July to Monday 21st July and it will extend its hours, operating from 6am
National Rail Enquiries – www.nationalrail.co.uk
Liverpool Culture Company – www.liverpool08.com
Merseytravel – www.merseytravel.gov.uk
Wirral Council – www.wirral.gov.uk
Sefton Council – www.sefton.gov.uk

Extra Tall Ships Cruise Due To High Demand July 7, 2008

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Due to high demand, Mersey Ferries are putting on an extra VIP cruise on Monday 21st July to give passengers unparalleled views of the Tall Ships’ Parade of Sail.

The previously unadvertised extra cruise will mean that all three ferries will be on the River Mersey for the Parade of Sail, the highlight of the global maritime spectacular.

Passengers on the six-hour cruise will be given the chance to listen to live onboard commentary about the rich and varied histories of the visiting ships.

Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, which owns and operates the Mersey Ferries, said: “Every one of these visiting ships has a fascinating story to tell, much like our very own Mersey Ferries. It will be a great day.”

The ferry will sail towards the mouth of the River Mersey and position itself in one of the designated vessel viewing areas. There it will remain anchored and provide a viewing platform.

Mersey Ferries flagship vessel, The Royal Daffodil, will host the cruise and a bar will be available on board. Numbers are limited to 250.

The leisurely six-hour cruise departs from Woodside Ferry Terminal, Birkenhead only – it will leave at 11.15am.

Tickets are priced at £35 and include a welcome drink, Blue Badge Guide commentary and jazz band.

Tickets must be booked in advance on 0151 330 1444 or are available online at www.merseyferries.co.uk

Celebrate Our River Culture June 27, 2008

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It’s maritime culture we celebrate this week with two major events happening on the river this month.

CLIPPER RACE FINALE takes place on July 5 when the Mersey hosts the climax of an epic ocean adventure in July with the return of the Clipper 07-08 Round-the-World Yacht Race. The race is the world’s fastest, non-professional, yachting race with a flotilla of boats following the yachts up the Mersey to the finishing line. Cheer on the Liverpool 08 Yacht. For more details contact www.liverpool08.com

THE TALL SHIPS’ RACE 2008 takes place around Albert Dock, Liverpool, July 18 – 20 Enjoy the biggest gathering of tall ships anywhere in Europe this year as over 70 sailing vessels fill Liverpool’s quaysides and docks, berthing in the Wellington and Albert docks.

Climb aboard to find out more about the realities of life at sea, or enjoy the waterside location with live music, performers and displays to enjoy. The three-day maritime festival culminates with the start of the Tall Ships’ Race 2008 on 21 July as the ships begin their parade of sail and their journey to Norway.

For visitors travelling to the Tall Ships’ Race by car, please note that there is no parking within the Wellington Dock, Regent Road area of the city. Please use Park and Ride sites or City Centre car parks, and the shuttle bus service. Visit the Tall Ships’ Race website for more travel information. For more details contact www.tallshipsliverpool.co.uk

Thousands Going Underground! June 11, 2008

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Queensway Tunnel. Image taken from WikipediaA Unique Experience to Walk the Mersey Tunnel

At least five thousand people will be walking through the Queensway Tunnel, as part of Merseytravel’s historic walkthrough event ‘Under and Over the Mersey’.

Held on Sunday 15 June, Under and Over the Mersey will give families a rare chance to walk through a closed Mersey tunnel and travel back across the water on the Mersey Ferry. It will be only the fourth time in the history of the tunnels they will have been closed for a walkthrough.

Street performers from Liverpool Lighthouse will provide the colour and carnival atmosphere; there will be special performances by the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and a vintage car rally.

The event, which will be held between 11am and 4pm, will cost £5 per person or £15 for a family of up to two adults and two children. Children under five will go free.

Everyone taking part will receive a specially cast commemorative medal, a certificate and a DVD along with free travel on the Mersey Ferries to and from the event. Half price rail travel is available on Merseyrail and Northern Rail for those who pre-register for this event.
Merseytravel has opened up registration for people to enter the event via any of the Merseytravel Travel Centres across the region. Organisers will also be taking registrations on the day of the event between 12noon and 2.30pm.

For further details about taking part contact Pennine Events on 01695 682020 or email denise@pennineevents.co.uk.