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Avoid the traffic

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When the pandemic hit we stopped travelling around, both the roads and public transport were quiet. Now that the region is opening up again, more and more people are getting in their cars. Combined with extensive roadworks in Liverpool, traffic congestion in the city centre is making even short journeys by car slow and frustrating.

What's happening in Liverpool city centre?

Investment is being made to make walking and cycling the focus of city centre areas, reducing car and bus traffic. This includes making new and wider pedestrianised areas on The Strand and Lime Street.

Lime Street is currently closed to traffic and lane restrictions will be in place until October 2021. As part of the extensive work to The Strand lane restrictions will be place there until November 2021.

The Liverpool Without Walls scheme has continued to support the recovery of local businesses. Bold Street and Castle Street are closed to traffic between 10am and 11pm so that local businesses can make more use of the outside space.

A full list of roadworks in Liverpool is available here. 

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Why get the train?

  • Avoid the road closures, roadworks and traffic congestion frustration.
  • Don't worry about searching for a car parking space in a busy city centre.
  • No tunnel queues or costs.
  • Enjoy your journey, read a book, use your phone.
  • Regular trains to 68 stations across Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral and parts of Lancashire and Cheshire.
  • Online ticket options save you even more time at the station.
  • Flexible ticket options - make as many off-peak journeys as you want with a Day Saver, go  to the ticket office once and get 3 return trips for a 7 day period with the Flexi-ticket.
  • Reliable journey times - Merseyrail is one of the most punctual operators in the UK, most recently breaking a national performance record by being the first train operator in the country to complete an entire 28-day period with 99 per cent of its trains arriving on time or within five minutes.

Is the car or train faster?

Trains are running every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday until 19:30 across the network 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 Sundays. We are running as many 6 car trains as possible, prioritising the busiest lines. 

The quickest way to check train times for your journey is to use the Merseyrail journey planner below.

Where are the four city centre train stations?

There are four Merseyrail stations in Liverpool city centre. Wirral line trains run to all four and Liverpool Central and Moorfields can be used for Northern line services. 

  • Liverpool Central is in the heart of Liverpool's shopping area, next to Bold Street and a short walk to Liverpool ONE.
  • Moorfields is in the centre of the business district and also close to Castle Street, a hotspot for bars and restaurants in the centre. It is also a short walk from the waterfront for Northern line passengers.
  • Lime Street low level station is underneath the main station so perfect for connecting to main line services and for visiting the World Museum, Liverpool Empire and St George's Hall.
  • James Street station is next to The Strand, so the best access for The Albert Dock, the M&S Bank Arena and the waterfront area. It is also a short walk from Liverpool ONE and Castle Street. 

A greener Liverpool

With cars off the road during lockdown, vehicle emissions dropped leading to significant changes in urban air pollution. However, with more and more people travelling by car, by December 2020, air pollution exceeded pre-covid levels in many cities. 

Creating a greener Liverpool is a main aim of Liverpool City Council's scheme, with 150 new trees being planted in phase one to create peaceful and shaded walkways and improve our air quality. 

Driving produces more than four times the greenhouse gas per passenger kilometre as travelling by rail*. So as well as avoiding the traffic, hopping on the train instead of the car contributes to a future with cleaner air for us and the next generation.   

*Driving in a medium petrol car with one occupant