Third and final phase of Wirral track renewal starts this week

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Merseyrail Track Renewal

The third and final phase of the Wirral track renewal begins this week, from Tuesday [30th] there will be no trains running between Wirral and Liverpool.

From May 30 until June 18, all Wirral line trains will start and terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central.

Rail replacement buses will however run from Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central to Liverpool.

The work, part of a £340m investment in the region’s rail network began at the beginning of January and has caused months of disruption for people travelling between Liverpool and the Wirral.

The £340m investment includes other projects such as building new and longer platforms at Liverpool Lime Street and building a new station at Maghull North.

A spokesperson for Merseytravel told us: “Your journey time will increase by approximately 20 minutes, however at peak times when roads are busy journey time could increase further.

“To help everyone have the quickest journey possible, avoid travelling at peak times if you can and stick to public transport.”

There are various options for people wishing to travel to and from Liverpool, both the Kingsway and Queensway tunnels are open as usual, existing cross-river buses and Mersey Ferries.

Rail replacement buses will also be operating, bikes cannot be taken on to these buses, Merseytravel recommends using the ferry if traveling on bike.