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Your May Bank Holiday Guide

It is the first bank holiday since lockdown restrictions eased, since we could browse in shops again, enjoy a meal in a restaurant’s outdoor seating and travel to meet friends and family. So that you can plan ahead to make the most of the three-day weekend we’ve answered all of your questions related to the bank holiday train services below.

What is the timetable?

The normal Merseyrail train timetable will run over the bank holiday, so trains are running regularly on all three days.

Trains will run every 20 minutes across the network on Saturday and bank holiday Monday until 19:30 with the exception of the Ellesmere Port line which will continue to operate a 30-minute service all day.

After 19:30 a 30-minute service will run across the network. There will also be a 30-minute service in operation on Sunday.

Use the Merseyrail Journey Planner to quickly find your train times.

Are six car trains running on the bank holiday?

Yes.  It may not always be possible to social distance on trains but we're maximising capacity where we can. Six car trains will run all day on the Southport line across all three days. 

What about the engineering work?

On Sunday 2 May engineering work will take place on the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines but only until 10am. Rail replacement buses will run between Chester and Liverpool and Ellesmere Port and Liverpool calling at all stations.

After 10am the normal train service will run.

Click here for rail replacement bus times.

Where can I go?

Lockdown has meant that we have all spent a lot of time at home and in our immediate areas. If you’re more than ready for a day out without having to travel too far then take a look at the guides below for some inspiration:

Four alternatives to Formby beach

Liverpool's biggest outdoor eating spaces

Get shopping and support local

Travelling to Chester Zoo

This bank holiday also see's the first live events return to Liverpool. Blossoms headline at the Sefton Park Pilot Event where attendence is dependant on a negative COVID-19 test. 

Click here to plan your journey to Sefton Park.

Is it safe to travel on the train?

The latest government update is that by following travel advice we can all travel with confidence. You are now able to travel on our network to visit outdoor destinations, hospitality, friends and families’ gardens and to go shopping.

A lot has changed at Merseyrail including increased and enhanced cleaning, more six car trains for social distancing where possible and a requirement to wear a face covering.

Click here for more information on what else we are doing to keep your journey as safe as possible and to also read what our passengers say about us.

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