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Your brand new trains are on track for 2020 and to get ready for their arrival Phase 6 of the platform upgrade work will start on the Southport line on 2 February 2019.

Rail replacement buses will run between: 

  • Southport and Formby/Hall Road from 2 February to 10 February
  • Formby and Moorfields from 11 February to 24 February

Phase 5 - Southport line timetable changes

Please note that between 19 - 27 January there will also be timetable changes to the Southport line as a result of Phase 5 of the platform upgrade work on the Hunts Cross line. Trains travelling from Southport to Liverpool will depart 7 minutes early from all stations. Please see full timetable information here. 

Saturday 2 February – Sunday 10 February 2019

Rail replacement buses will be running between Southport and Hall Road stations. From Monday to Friday, between 06:28 and 19:43, trains will run between Hunts Cross and Formby. Passengers can board a rail replacement bus service at Formby station, which will call at all stations to and from Southport.

At all other times trains will run between Hunts Cross and Hall Road. Passengers can board a rail replacement bus service at Hall Road station, which will call at all stations to and from Southport.

Trains running to and from Formby at selected times will not call at Hightown station. Passengers travelling from Hightown towards Liverpool will need to board a rail replacement bus service to Hall Road for train services.

As well as regular rail replacement buses stopping at all affected stations, express buses will run between selected stations Mondays to Saturdays.

As part of the works Ainsdale level crossing will be closed during all or some of these dates. The road closure may result in the rail replacement bus stop being relocated. Please revisit this web page for details nearer the time.

Southport to Hunts Cross - Monday - Friday

4 - 8 February 

Southport to Hall Road Rail Replacement Buses

 6A Southport To Hall Road Buses Mon To Sat


Formby / Hall Road to Hunts Cross Trains

6A Formby To Hunts Cross Trains Mon To Fri

 

Hunts Cross to Southport - Monday - Friday

4 - 8 February

Hunts Cross to Formby / Hall Road Trains

6A Hunts Cross To Formby Trains Mon To Fri

Hall Road to Southport Rail Replacement Buses

6A Hall Road To Southport Buses Mon To Sat

Southport to Hunts Cross - Saturdays

2 & 9 February

Southport to Hall Road Rail Replacement Buses

6A Southport To Hall Road Buses Mon To Sat

Hall Road to Hunts Cross Trains

6A Hall Road To Hunts Cross Trains Sat

Hunts Cross to Southport - Saturdays

2 & 9 February

Hunts Cross to Hall Road Trains

6A 1 Hunts Cross To Hall Road Trains Sat

Hall Road to Southport Rail Replacement Buses

6A Hall Road To Southport Buses Mon To Sat

 

Southport to Hunts Cross - Sundays

3 & 10 February

Southport to Hall Road Rail Replacement Buses

6A 1 Southport To Hall Road Buses Sun

Hall Road to Hunts Cross Trains

6A Hall Road To Hunts Cross Trains Sun

Hunts Cross to Southport - Sundays

3 & 10 February

Hunts Cross to Hall Road Trains

6A 1 Hunts Cross To Hall Road Trains Sun

Hall Road to Southport Rail Replacement Buses

6A Hall Road To Southport Buses Sun

Express Rail Replacement Buses

Mondays to Friday 4 - 8 February

Southport to Formby Express Rail Replacement Buses

6A Southport To Formby Express Buses Mon To Sat

Formby to Southport Express Rail Replacement Buses

6A Formby To Southport Express Buses Mon To Sat

 

Saturdays 2 & 9 February

Southport to Hall Road Express Rail Replacement Buses

6A Southport To Formby Express Buses Sun

 








Hall Road to Southport Express Rail Replacement Buses

6A Formby To Southport Express Buses Sun

 

Monday 11 February - Sunday 24 February

Rail replacement buses will run between Formby and Moorfields stations. 

As well as regular rail replacement buses stopping at all affected stations, express buses will run between selected stations Mondays to Saturdays.

Trains will continue to run between Sandhills and Liverpool stations. If you are travelling on the Southport line and wish to change onto the Ormskirk or Kirkby lines please change onto a train at Sandhills station.

Between 11 and 17 February, Hall Road rail replacement bus services may be affected by the possible closure of Hall Road level crossing. Any changes will be confirmed nearer the time, if you use Hall Road station please revisit this web page nearer the time to doubel check your timetables. 

Southport to Moorfields - Monday - Saturday

11 - 16 & 18 - 23 February

Southport to Formby Trains

6B Southport To Formby Trains Mon To Sat

Formby to Moorfields Rail Replacement Buses

6B Formby To Moorfields Buses Mon To Sat

Moorfields to Southport - Monday - Saturday

11 - 16 & 18 - 23 February

Moorfields to Formby Rail Replacement Buses

6B Moorfields To Formby Buses Mon To Sat

Formby to Southport Trains

6B Formby To Southport Trains Mon To Sat

Southport to Moorfields - Sundays

17 & 24 February

Southport to Formby Trains

6B 1 Southport To Formby Trains Sun

Formby to Liverpool Central Rail Replacement Buses

6B Formby To Lvc Buses Sun

Moorfields to Southport - Sundays

17 & 24 February

Liverpool Central to Formby Rail Replacements Buses

6B Lvc To Formby Buses Sun

Formby to Southport Trains

6B 1 Formby To Southport Trains Sun

 

Express Rail Replacement Buses

Monday to Friday (11 - 15 & 18 - 22 February)

Formby to Moorfields, calling at Waterloo

6B Formby To Moorfields Express Buses Mon To Fri

Moorfields to Formby, calling at Waterloo

6B Moorfields To Formby Express Buses Mon To Fri

Saturdays (16 & 23 February)

Formby to Moorfields, calling at Waterloo

6B Formby To Moorfields Express Buses Sat

Moorfields to Formby, calling at Waterloo6B Moorfields To Formby Express Buses Sat

 

 

Ticket offices at all Southport line stations will still be staffed throughout the work. In this booklet you will find the full rail replacement train and bus timetables so that you can plan your journey.

Additional engineering work - Sunday 17 January

Due to important maintenance work to improve reliability, additional engineering work will now take place on Sunday 17 February on the Southport line.

Rail replacement buses will run between Southport and Liverpool and a revised bus timetable will be place.

Use the Journey Planner to check rail replacement bus times from your station or view the full timetable here. 

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

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 Wirral loop line stations during the work.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest travel information and sign up to our enewsletter at merseyrail.org/newsletter

For more information about other public transport options visit merseytravel.gov.uk