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Your brand new trains are on track for 2020 and to get ready for their arrival Phase 5 of the platform upgrade works will start on the Hunts Cross line on 19 January 2019.

Rail replacement buses will run between:

  • Moorfields and Hunts Cross on Saturday 19 January and from Monday 21 - Saturday 26 January 2019
  • Sandhills and Hunts Cross on Sunday 20 & Sunday 27 January 2019

Due to the work there will also be timetable changes to the Southport and Ormskirk line services from 19 to 27 January.

Service summary

Hunts Cross line - 19 January and 21 - 26 January

On Saturday 19 January and between Monday 21 and Saturday 26 January rail replacement buses will run between Hunts Cross and Moorfields stations but will not stop at Liverpool Central. Passengers are advised to change at Moorfields station for services on other lines.

Passengers wanting to travel to Liverpool Central can change at Moorfields onto any Wirral or Northern line service which all call at Liverpool Central.

If you are travelling from Southport to Liverpool:

  • Trains will depart seven minutes earlier from all stations.
  • The first four morning services will depart two minutes earlier from all stations.
  • The last two evening services will depart at their usual time.
  • On Sunday 20th and 27th January trains will start and terminate at Sandhills station due to additional engineering work. Rail replacement buses will run between Sandhills and Liverpool. 

If you are travelling from Ormskirk to Liverpool:

  • Journey times will be extended by approximately five minutes until 20:00.
  • After 20:00 a normal timetable will resume.
  • On Sunday 20th and 27th January trains will start and terminate at Sandhills station due to additional engineering work. Rail replacement buses will run between Sandhills and Liverpool. 

If you are travelling from Liverpool to Southport or Ormskirk stations there will be no timetable changes. Rail replacement buses will run between Sandhills and Liverpool on Sunday 20th and 27th January due to additional engineering work. 

Hunts Cross line - Sunday 20 and 27 January

Additional engineering works will take place on Sunday 20 and Sunday 27 January and trains will not run on the Hunts Cross line. During these dates rail replacement buses will run between Sandhills and Liverpool Central (St George’s Hall) with some buses continuing on to Hunts Cross station. 

Ticket offices at all Hunts Cross line stations will still be staffed. Below you will find full rail replacement bus timetables so that you can plan your journey.

Rail replacement bus timetables

Mondays - Saturdays: Hunts Cross - Moorfields

1 Mon Sat Hunts Cross Moorfields

Mondays - Saturdays: Moorfields - Hunts Cross

1 Mon Sat Moorfields Hunts Cross

Sundays: Hunts Cross - Sandhills

Sun Hunts Cross Sandhills Timetable

Sundays: Sandhills - Hunts Cross

1 Sun Sandhills Hunts Cross


Southport line train timetables

Rail replacement buses will run between Sandhills and Liverpool on Sunday 20 and 27 January.

Mondays - Saturdays: Southport - Liverpool Central

Mon Sat Sop Lvc

Mondays - Saturdays: Liverpool Central - Southport

Mon Sat Lvc Sop

Sundays: Southport - Sandhills

Sun Sop Sandhills

Sundays: Sandhills - Southport

Sun Sandhills Sop

Assisted travel

Our usual arrangements to support customers that need assistance to travel will remain in place during the works.

We would encourage all customers who require assistance to contact us in advance so that we can offer the level of support needed where possible.

Ideally 24 hours’ notice is required, however we understand this may not always be possible and will work hard to ensure you can complete your journey with us.

To make arrangements call 0800 0277 347 (Freephone) or 0151 555 1111, Monday to Friday from 07:00 until 19:00.

If you are travelling outside these hours or at weekends, please call 0151 702 2704.

 

Further travel advice

Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey. Journeys may take longer especially at peak times.

Please note that bikes cannot be taken on rail replacement buses, and prams and pushchairs
must be folded (with the exception of folding bikes).

For live travel updates:

  • Visit the Merseyrail homepage
  • Follow us on Twitter @merseyrail. Merseyrail’s Twitter channel is staffed from 06:00 to 23:30, Monday to Saturday and from 10:00 to 18:00 on Sundays.
  • Download the Merseyrail app from the App Store or Google Play.
  • Call the Merseyrail Customer Relations Team on 0151 555 1111. Open 07:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday.
  • Speak to a member of staff at any staffed Merseyrail station. Staff will still be available at all Hunts Cross line stations during the work.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest travel information and sign up to our enewsletter at merseyrail.org/newsletter

Bike & Go Offer

As an additional travel option during platform upgrade work, Bike & Go are offering free bike here for Railpass holders.

Simply show your valid weekly, monthly or annual Railpass at a Bike & Go station to hire a bike for 24 hours. There is no need to become a Bike & Go member first. 

Bikes are available at Liverpool South Parkway, Aigburth, St Michaels, Brunswick and Moorfields stations.