Three Queens - full transport plans back on

Published on: Tuesday, 19-May-2015

Plan how you’re going to get to the event and home… that’s the message for people getting ready to see Cunard’s Three Queens make maritime history when they visit Liverpool later this week (24th-26th May).

The advice follows the calling off a national rail strike, meaning original transport plans for the event have been reinstated.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to both sides of the Mersey, most notably on Monday 25th when all three will come together on the River Mersey, increasing demand on the transport network.

There will be changes to Merseyrail services, timetables and city centre stops, strengthened services on the City line, more buses on key routes and a one-way system at Liverpool Lime Street to safely manage the large number of people using the station. Park and Ride will be available for those people viewing from Wirral – particularly helpful for those visiting from further afield.

Merseytravel, bus and rail operators, Network Rail, Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton Councils and other organisations have been working together to strengthen services on key routes and to ensure people will be supported and safe in getting where they want to go.

Event goers are being encouraged to visit a special online transport information hub at www.merseytravel.gov.uk which offers people options and advice based on where they are travelling from so they can make informed choices about how to get there and home.

Key tips

  • If you’re local, consider staying local. The Three Queens will be a full waterfront and coastal spectacle with opportunities to view from Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton. Walking or cycling may be the quickest and easiest way for you to get to and from the event
  • If you’re in the Liverpool City Region, use public transport. Services will be strengthened.
  • Rail services from Manchester, Wigan and Crewe directions will be particularly busy. If you live in the area and normally take the City line into Liverpool you may want to consider the bus as an alternative.
  • If you’re visiting from further afield and planning to view the event from Wirral, park and ride is available.
  • Be prepared and be patient as it will be extremely busy. Leave plenty of time to get where you want to go.
  • Some of the weekend’s events will finish late putting significant demands on transport services from 10pm. Don’t leave it too late. Allow time to get to the stop or station and for queues when you get there.

As is the case during any big event, unforeseen events may impact on the transport network and services at short notice. Travel updates and alerts will be updated on www.merseytravel.gov.uk . Consider following @Merseytravel, #3queenstravel , on Twitter.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said:

“Without a doubt it’s going to be exceptionally busy on both sides of the river and our transport network will be put under a great deal of pressure and we want visitors to plan their journeys as much as possible. 

“For more than a year we’ve been working with transport partners and Merseyside Police to make sure the city rises to the challenge for what could be one of the busiest weekend’s the region has experienced.

“I have no doubt that Liverpool will shine under the international spotlight and this will be an unforgettable moment in the city’s history for all the right reasons.”

Said Liz Chandler, Merseytravel’s director of Corporate Development and Chair of the Major Events Transport Board:

“The focus can now rightly be back on the event, rather than transport. It will be a showcase event making maritime history.

“For many months, and in the immediate run up to the event, a whole host of organisations have been working together to make the transport offer fit for the event. We’re now asking visitors to play their part by planning their journeys, being prepared and being patient and leaving plenty of time to get where they want to go.”

The transport hub pages on Merseytravel website www.merseytravel.gov.uk will assist people in their travel planning wherever they’re coming from, providing, or signposting to, detailed information.