Three Queens visitors encouraged to start planning their journey
People set to experience history in the making when Cunard’s Three Queens visit Liverpool (24th-26th May) are encouraged to start planning their journeys now.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to both sides of the Mersey as part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations, click putting significant demand on the transport network.
The three ships will only be together for a short time on Monday 25th, but activities will take place across the weekend.
An online transport information hub at www.merseytravel.gov.uk offers people, options and advice, whether they are travelling from near or far, so they can make informed choices about how to get there and home.
Key tips include:-
- 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 or have mobility issues, car parking is available including a special park and ride in Wirral for viewing points on that side of the Mersey.
- Be prepared and be patient. It will be extremely busy and there will be queues. 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. Consider what your alternative options may be in getting you home if you don’t make it.
Merseytravel, local authorities, bus and rail operators and other partners have been working together to strengthen services and to ensure people are supported, and safe, in getting where they want to go.
There will be changes to Merseyrail services, timetables and city centre stops. This will include services beginning an hour earlier on the Sunday and six car trains on services going to the Wirral and Liverpool waterfronts and Sefton coast throughout the event.
Bus services will be strengthened on key routes.
A one way system will be in place at Liverpool Lime Street on Monday 25th May to safely manage the large number of people using the station. There will be queues and people are encouraged to allow extra time to make their journey and to be aware of when their last three trains are, planning to catch the earliest one possible.
On Monday 25th, free park and ride provision, particularly helpful for those visiting from further afield, is being made available in Wirral at the ‘Dips’ with buses to viewing points at New Brighton resort centre and Seacombe.
People are encouraged to find out more detail via www.merseytravel.gov.uk
Said Liz Chandler, Merseytravel’s director of Corporate Development:
“The Liverpool City Region has a proud reputation for hosting and delivering quality, large-scale events. This is one of international significance, and one that will put significant demands on the transport network.
“We’re ensuring people know all the options open to them so they can make informed choices about how to get to and from the event.
“We’re encouraging them to think differently about how they might travel to help spread demand across the network to help them get to where they want to go as efficiently as possible.
“We’re working with the local authorities, bus and rail operators to develop the best transport offer we can. However, people must expect that it will be busy and there will be queues. They need to be prepared, be patient and leave plenty of time to get where they need to go.”