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Christmas & New Year Travel Times December 11, 2008

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Don't get stuck like this little fella!

Don't get stuck like this little fella!

It’s Christmas Eve. OK, you’ve had a few. Who hasn’t? But you simply MUST get that turkey home on time. As you stand swaying amongst the crowds on Dale Street you review your travel options…

What to do? What to do?

Luckily, before you allowed yourself to dragged to the pub you had the forsight to download this handy timetable of bus, train and ferry times from Merseytravel.

Huzzah! You, and Christmas, are saved. Now your only regret is not going the loo one last time…

Merseyside Annual Transport Conference September 23, 2008

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As Liverpool gears up for its Year of the Environment in 2009, the second Merseyside Transport Conference will examine transport for a growing city region and look at issues to be tackled in future – such as traffic growth and climate change.

The conference, to be held in Liverpool Town Hall on October 23, will discuss the link between the economy and transport. Debate will centre on managing the increased need to travel without creating unaccepatble traffic growth and improving quality of life.

Keynote speakers include Neil Scales, as Chair of the LTP Partnership, who will update delegates on progress on the Merseyside Local Transport Plan (LTP) and discuss planning for the future. Other keynote speakers include Phil Redmond – Deputy Chair of the Liverpool Culture Company, Joanne Jennings – Chief Executive of Liverpool One and John Whitelegg, Professor of Sustainable Transport at Liverpool John Moores University.

For more information and how to book, visit Merseytravel’s website by clicking here…

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.

Download an events and travel guide [PDF 5MB]

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

Extended Moorefields Opening Hours Secured March 28, 2008

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Liverpool CDP and Merseyrail are pleased to announce that from 31 March Moorfields station Old Hall Street entrance will remain open until 9pm Monday to Friday.

The longer opening hours of the entrance, and the on-site M to go shop, will be piloted over a 6 month period and depending upon its success, could continue indefinitely.

Paul Rice, Liverpool CDP Chief Executive explained: “We have been working closely with Merseyrail, Merseytravel, and our public and private sector partners over the last 12 months to secure this pilot scheme.

“I believe the longer opening hours will help to serve our business and residential community in the area more effectively as they can now catch the train from their doorstep after 7pm.

“We are also pleased to announce that the M to go shop will stay open until 9pm.” he added: “M to go shop offers a full range of services, from a cup of coffee to buying your train ticket through to London or anywhere else on the national rail network.”

To mark this important change, Liverpool CDP & Merseyrail will be running a competition in the Daily Post in the next few weeks with the lucky winner receiving a year’s free rail travel on the Merseyrail network.

Bart Schmeink, Merseyrail’s Managing Director said: “There are major changes happening in the Commercial District and people’s travel patterns in the area are changing. I am delighted that together with the Liverpool CDP, we have been able to respond to these changes by extending the opening hours of the Old Hall Street entrance for a trial period.”

London Low Emission Zone: What You Need To Know January 7, 2008

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Image of White VansDoes your business deliver to or take you into London? Then you may be effected by the new London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that begins on 4 February 2008.

Vehicles affected by the LEZ in 2008 will have to meet a minimum emissions standard of Euro III for particulate matter. Operators should note the scheme extends to include more vehicles in 2010 and standards for larger vehicles tighten to Euro IV for particulates in 2012.

Operators have several options if their vehicles do not meet this standard. All engine modifications must be certified by VOSA:

  • Certify eligible engines. Some Euro I and Euro II engines were manufactured to meet Euro III emission standards for particulates and so can be certified by VOSA as such. Engines eligible for this certification are published on the website on the ‘Eligible Engines List’.
  • Fit an approved abatement device. A list of approved suppliers and devices is published on the website. Abatement devices are estimated to cost between £1500 and £5000 depending on the filter type and the vehicle in question.
  • Re-engine the vehicle
  • Convert the vehicles to run on gas with a spark emission
  • Reorganise fleets so that only complaint vehicles travel within the zone.
  • Pay the daily charge

In addition further information on the scheme can be found on the website (tfl.gov.uk/lezlondon). If your transport business has any more specific queries, then they can ring the call centre for more advice: Tel: 0845 607 0009.

Download this leaflet for more info. [PDF]

Ryanair Announce Two New Routes From Liverpool JLA December 18, 2007

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Ryanair logoLiverpool Airport is to get two new routes from April 2008 following today’s announcement from Ryanair. Direct flights three times a week to Malaga and Nantes from Liverpool bring to number of routes offered from Liverpool by the carrier to 42.

The airline is carrying 2.5m passengers each year from Liverpool JLA, making it it’s fastest growing base in the UK. This throughput of passengers is ensuring 2,500 local jobs and bringing an annual visitor spend of £200m to the city.

Vic Brodrick, spokesperson from Liverpool JLA said: “We are delighted to be able to offer two new routes, they demonstrate Ryanair’s commitment to Liverpool.”

Virgin Trains Christmas & New Year Info December 13, 2007

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Those of you planning a train journey over the festive period can check Virgin’s travel info on their website here.

James Street To Re-Open 29 November November 21, 2007

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Please note that James Street is due to re-open on Thursday 29 November.

Details of the new arrangements including bus stand allocations are available on the Merseytravel website.

Christmas Public Transport November 19, 2007

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Don’t get stuck this Christmas!We’ve had some info in regarding public transport over the Christmas period. We hope this is useful for planning your shopping / celebrating / visiting at the most wonderful time of the year.

BUS

Evening services, these will all operate as normal except on Christmas / New Years Eve when the last journeys will be about 20.00 from the terminus

Boxing / New Years Day – Limited services will operate from 10.00. There will be no service after 18.00.

There is no commercial service on Christmas Day.

The night bus network will operate as normal on the 28 / 29 December.

RAIL

Listed below are the last Merseyrail trains on both 24/12 and 31/12:

Wirral Line
West Kirby to Liverpool – 20.01
Ellesmere Port to Liverpool – 20.04
Chester to Liverpool – 20.15
New Brighton to Liverpool – 20.23

Moorfields to Chester – 20.26
Moorfields to West Kirby – 20.31
Moorfields to Ellesmere Port – 20.41
Moorfields to New Brighton – 20.46
Moorfields to Hamilton Square – 20.56

Northern Line
Southport to Liverpool – 20.13
Kirkby to Liverpool – 20.18
Ormskirk to Liverpool – 20.20
Hunts Cross to Liverpool – 20.21
Liverpool Central to Southport – 20.38
Liverpool Central to Ormskirk – 20.40
Liverpool Central to Kirkby – 20.55
Liverpool Central to Hunts Cross – 20.58

Lime Street services
Northern Rail will be running down at a similar manner

You may need to check other services with the operator

Beware as West Coast Main Line services will not be operating many of the through services across the holiday period due to major works underway at a number of locations.

We will bring any more information as we get it.

Strand Closed Weekend of 23 – 26 November November 16, 2007

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The Strand will be closed over the weekend 23 – 26 November. Our friends from the council say:

“In order to carry out the safe demolition of the footbridge we need to temporarily close both carriageways of The Strand between St Nicholas Place to James Street, including the junctions of Water Street and Brunswick Street, between 2000 hours Friday 23rd November though to 0500 hours Monday 26th November 2007. I have attached the TTRO identifying the proposed diversion route. Whilst the diversion takes traffic via the orbital route around the City, I would expect that there will be some congestion in the Commercial District as traffic familiar with the area tries to take other routes. There will be a massive scheme of traffic management in place together with the use of the VMS to try as best we can to keep traffic on the orbital. ”

Here’s the details of the closure and subsequent diversions. [Word Doc]

Messages will be displayed on the Variable Message Signs around the City.  Wirral operate the VMS on their side and they have been informed them of the need to display the messages..

The Queensway dock exit will be closed.

Merseytravel have issued a roadwork’s notice to the bus operators and the information relating to the closure will also be on their website. There will also be notices placed on bus stops to advise passengers of the alternative arrangements in place. The Merseyside Travel Line will also have the information relating to the closure so that they can advise any persons making enquiries about travel through the affected area, and make them aware of the alternative arrangements in place.