A Merseyrail train at Southport Train Station. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Merseyrail passengers can make the most of travel into Southport from around the Liverpool City Region this Christmas, as trains will be running every day over the festive period, with the exception of Christmas Day.

In collaboration with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Boxing Day trains will be running once again, with a limited service between 9am and 6.30pm, calling at selected stations across the network.

Services will run every 30 minutes calling at the following stations.

Southport line: Southport, Birkdale, Ainsdale, Formby, Blundellsands and Crosby, Waterloo, Sandhills, Liverpool Central.

Chester and Ellesmere Port lines: Services will start and terminate at Hooton calling at Bromborough, Bebington, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead Central, James St and Liverpool Central. There will no services between Ellesmere Port or Chester and Hooton.

New Brighton line: New Brighton, Birkenhead North, Conway Park, James St and Liverpool Central.

West Kirby line: West Kirby, Leasowe, Birkenhead North, Conway Park, James St and Liverpool Central.

Hunts Cross line: Liverpool South Parkway, St Michaels and Liverpool Central

Ormskirk line: Ormskirk, Maghull, Aintree, Orrell Park, Kirkdale, Sandhills and Liverpool Central

Kirkby line: Kirkby, Fazakerley, Kirkdale, Sandhills and Liverpool Central

There will be no train services on Christmas Day. On New Year’s Day a 30-miunute Sunday service will run.

As has been the case in previous years Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will see services finish earlier than usual at approximately 8pm. 

A normal timetable will be in place on all other days.

A range of festive surprises also await those travelling over the Christmas period. From a bauble wall at Liverpool Central to Father Christmas and festive carol singers, Merseyrail will be going all out to spread festive cheer at its stations.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said:

“As people across the Liverpool City Region prepare to enjoy the festive season, we are thrilled to be able to offer Boxing Day services this Christmas.

“Only a very limited number of trains operate nationally on Boxing Day, and I’d encourage those thinking of travelling to the Boxing Day sales, festive or sporting events to consider using our services to get there”

Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport and Air Quality Portfolio Holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said:

“We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to work with Merseyrail once again to ensure a timetable will be operating on Boxing Day this year.

“By running these services, it allows city region residents the chance to travel for whatever reason, whether it’s shopping, leisure, sporting events or just to visit friends and family.

“We would encourage rail users to plan ahead for their journey and make the most of these services that don’t operate in many parts of the country on Boxing Day.”

For full timetable information, Christmas shopping and event guides passengers can visit Merseyrail.org/Christmas.

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