Merseyrail changes as thousands head back to work during lockdown

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Big changes are being made to Merseyrail services yet again as thousands head back to work during lockdown.

After Boris Johnson 's announcement on Sunday evening, many people will be returning to their work places if they are safe to do so.

Those working in construction and manufacturing were advised to go back to work as part of the Prime Minister 's plans to reduce lockdown restrictions.

People were told that they could use public transport if it is necessary meaning that many more people will be commuting on the train.

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Following the announcement, Merseyrail will be increasing their services over the coming weeks to help workers travel safely after a reduced timetable was brought in seven weeks ago.

The new timetable shows that services will go back to running during the normal operating hours but a reduced service will still be in place.

From Monday, May 18 the services will be as follows:

Monday to Saturday

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Southport – Hunts Cross line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

Please note: Additional services will operate during peak times Monday to Friday.

Thousands of people will be returning to work following the lockdown announcement

Ormskirk line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

Kirkby line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

West Kirby & New Brighton lines

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 45 minutes until end of service.

Chester line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

Ellesmere Port line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then a reduced frequency until end of service.

Sunday

Sunday services will still operate between the hours of 08:00 and 20:00.

Merseyrail will increase their services from Monday, May 18

Full details of the timetable can be found on our website www.merseyrail.org.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Merseyrail also outlined advice for users on how to stay safe and travel carefully.

They said: "In line with government advice released by the Department for Transport, Merseyrail is encouraging passengers to follow social distancing guidelines when using the network:

  • Maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • Wear face coverings if you can
  • Use contactless payments where possible
  • Avoid peak travel if you can
  • Arrive at the station in good time
  • Leave plenty of time for your journey – you might not make the train you planned due to social distancing measures

  • Wash or sanitise hands as soon as possible before and after travel
  • Follow advice from staff and be considerate to other passengers
  • Please be kind and respectful to staff and other passengers.

"Passengers are also advised to check before and on their day of travel.

Commuters are being told to wear face masks while travelling on trains

This can be done by visiting the Merseyrail website www.merseyrail.org, the Merseyrail Twitter account @merseyrail or by sending a message on WhatsApp on 0151 555 1111."

Andy Heath, Managing Director at Merseyrail, said: “We have been working with government and key stakeholders to develop an increased service that aims to meet demand for those who need to travel.

“It is essential that everyone plays their part in helping to keep the trains for those who really need them.

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"So, only use our services if you absolutely must while maintaining social distancing where it is possible to do so.

“We are committed to providing a reliable service to those who need to travel across the Liverpool City Region as we move through these uncertain times, and I would ask all passengers to act responsibly at all times when travelling, and listen to advice given by staff and displayed at our stations.

For more information and advice about public transport services please visit the Merseytravel website www.merseytravel.gov.uk.

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