Late night public transport services start this weekend
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People getting out and about during the festive period will have more choice about how and when to travel after Merseytravel’s work with bus and rail operators to provide a greater range of services this year.
The services will start with Saturday late night bus services from 28th November.
• Late night buses will run on Saturday 28th November and 5th, 12th and 19th December between midnight and 4.30am from Liverpool city centre to Allerton, Chester, Croxteth, Garston, Page Moss and Waterloo.
• Late night trains will run on Friday 11th and 18th December and Saturday 12th and 19th December from Liverpool Central Station to Hooton and Southport. Each train will leave Liverpool Central Station at 1.30am. The Hooton train will call at Birkenhead Central, Bebington, Bromborough and Hooton only. The Southport train will call at Waterloo, Formby and Southport only.
• On Christmas Day free buses will operate on routes serving hospitals across Merseyside from around 12 noon until around 6pm.
• On Boxing Day Merseyrail trains will run every thirty minutes from 9am until around 6.30pm, calling at selected stations on the network; limited bus services will operate, and for football fans the Soccerbus will run, linking with trains calling at Sandhills.
All of these services are part of a wider initiative between Merseytravel and transport operators to provide more choice during the Christmas period and support the local economy. The late night services will be delivered in partnership with Merseyside Police and British Transport Police.
Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel, said:
“This is the Liverpool City region really doing something differently. We are one of very few authorities to provide a Christmas Day bus service and now we can add Boxing Day train services to that. The late night train and bus services before Christmas give people more travel options too. We would encourage people to plan their journeys and really take advantage of as many of these services as possible.”
For further details of late night services visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk. Details of all Christmas services will soon be available on the website.