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Giants Spectacular


To assist with the large volume of passengers attending the Giants Spectacular event, and to continue to deliver a reliable service, we are running a special event timetable, which will include a limited stop service and some stations will be closed.

This guide will explain how your journey will be affected during the event and includes new timetables, station closures and key passenger information.

Please note: as a special event timetable will be in place, your usual train times will likely have changed. Please see the below timetables before you travel.

Key Information

  • Plan ahead and leave plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Our services and stations will be extremely busy.
  • There will be queuing systems in place for customer safety.
  • Due to the large number of passengers travelling across our network, you may not be able to get on the train you want. However, we will get you to where you need to go as quickly as possible.
  • Lime Street low level and James Street stations will be closed.
  • All Wirral line passengers are to use Liverpool Central station.
  • All Northern line passengers are to use Moorfields station.


Thursday 4 October

Our trains and stations are expected to be busy. A normal timetable will run, but services will be strengthened where possible. We will not be running any additional late night trains so please check your last train times before you travel.

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 October

  • A special event timetable will be in place and there will be station closures.
  • A rail replacement bus will be running between Ellesmere Port and Hooton stations.
  • There will be 20 minute train shuttle services between Chester & Hooton, which will call at Bache.
  • Services on the Hunts Cross line will start and terminate at Liverpool South Parkway.

Sunday 7 October

  • A special event timetable will be in place and there will be station closures.
  • Trains will be running on the Ellesmere Port line.
  • Merseyrail services will run to Hunts Cross station.


Friday & Saturday Timetables

West Kirby Line

1 (7)

2 (2)

New Brighton Line

3 (2)

4 (1)

Hooton - Liverpool



Chester Shuttle Service

1 (8)

Southport Line

4 (2)

5 (1)

Kirkby Line


Ormskirk Line



Ellesmere Port - Hooton Shuttle Bus

A (1)

 Sunday Timetables

West Kirby Line



New Brighton Line



Chester & Ellesmere Port Line

2 (3)

3 (3)


Southport - Hunts Cross Line

6 (1)

7 (1)


Kirkby Line


Ormskirk Line



Additional Information

Closed Stations

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Trains will not call at the following stations:

Wirral line

  • Birkenhead Park
  • Bromborough Rake
  • Capenhurst
  • Conway Park
  • Eastham Rake
  • Ellesmere Port (open on Sunday)
  • Green Lane
  • James Street
  • Lime Street low level
  • Little Sutton
  • Manor Road
  • Meols
  • Moorfields (open for Northern line services)
  • Overpool
  • Port Sunlight
  • Spital

Northern line

  • Aughton Park
  • Bank Hall
  • Bootle Oriel Road
  • Freshfield
  • Hillside
  • Hunts Cross (open on Sunday)
  • Liverpool Central (open for Wirral line services)
  •  Rice Lane
  • Sandhills
  • Town Green

Assisted Travel

We are committed to supporting passengers who may require assistance to travel over the course of the event. Passengers requiring assistance are advised to contact Merseyrail’s Customer Relations team on 0151 555 1111 as far in advance of travel as possible, due to the station and road closures that will be in place.

For more information on Assisted Travel please click here.

Lime Street Mainline

During the four days of the Giants Spectacular event, there will be a queuing system in place, taking passengers in and out of Lime Street mainline station.

Exiting the station will be via Lord Nelson Street only and access will be via Skelhorne Street only.

Signage will be clearly displayed throughout the station and staff will be available to assist.

Travelling to Liverpool vs Manchester City

Due to the limited stop service on the Merseyrail network to ensure that a robust and reliable service runs, which is both frequent and strengthened, Sandhills station will not be open for Soccerbus. Passengers travelling to Liverpool Football Club during the Giants event are advised to take the train to Moorfields or Liverpool Central stations and change on to one of the commercial bus services that run to Anfield.

More information and timetables can be found here.