Train services to increase

Train services to increase

by Tom Martin (June 2020)

MERSEYRAIL will increase its train services from this Sunday (July 5) as more lockdown restrictions are lifted.

More trains will be put on the tracks by the rail provider to support the expected rise in passenger numbers, as more people begin to make necessary journeys.

The advice is still to avoid public transport if possible, and Merseyrail say they are doing all they can to ensure safety such as advising people to use contactless payment, travel during quieter times, as well as use hand sanitiser before and after travel. It is also mandatory to wear face coverings.

From Sunday, July 5, a summary of the changes are as follows:

Monday to Saturday:

- Southport line – services will return to running every 15 minutes throughout the day.

 - Hunts Cross line - services will return to running every 15 minutes throughout the day.

- Kirkby line – 30-minute service will run all day

 - Ormskirk line - 30-minute service will run all day

Sunday:

- Southport line - 15-min service from the start of service until 7pm, then every 30 mins until end of service

 - Hunts Cross line - hourly service will run all day

 - Kirkby line – hourly service will run all day

 - Ormskirk line – hourly service will run all day

Full timetables and details can be found on the Merseyrail website, and passengers are encouraged to check before they travel.

This can be done by visiting www.merseyrail.org, the Merseyrail Twitter account @merseyrail or by sending a message on WhatsApp on 0151 555 1111.

Andy Heath, Managing Director at Merseyrail, said: “During this pandemic, our staff have worked hard to ensure that train services have continued to operate for those who need them, albeit at a reduced level.

“Following the Government’s announcement earlier this week, we are now in a position to increase our services in anticipation of increased numbers of passengers using our trains.

I’d stress that the government guidance remains that public transport is to be used for necessary journeys only.

“I would also like to remind our passengers that – as per government guidance – they must wear a face covering on public transport for the safety of yourselves, fellow passengers and our staff.” 

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