Southport Train Station. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Rail services between Southport and Liverpool will return to running every 15 minutes this weekend. 

The Merseyrail trains had been severely restricted since the coronavirus outbreak began in March. 

Passengers are still being advised that only essential travel is allowed. 

NHS can continue to travel on the network for free. 

A Merseyrail spokesman said: “From Sunday 5 July timetable changes will be made and additional services will run across our network.

“These changes to services are being put in place to support the expected increase in passenger numbers, as more people begin to make necessary journeys across the City Region.” 

They added: “We want to reiterate the Government’s advice that for rail, people should only travel by train if absolutely necessary and, even then, to travel at quieter times if at all possible.

“Please help us, our staff and those who need to travel, by not making unnecessary journeys. If you do have to travel, plan ahead, consider others and stay safe. Free travel for NHS staff is still in place. There is no end date at the moment, it will be until further notice.

“Please remember that face coverings must be worn at all times on the Merseyrail network.”

Monday to Saturday Services

  • Southport line – services will return to running every 15 minutes throughout the day.
  • Hunts Cross line – services will return to running every 15 minutes throughout the day.
  • Kirkby line – a 30 minute service will run all day.
  • Ormskirk line – a 30 minute service will run all day.
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port line – a 30 minute service will run on both lines with a 15 minute service running between Hooton and Liverpool city centre stations.
  • New Brighton line – a 30 minute service will run all day.
  • West Kirby line – a 30 minute service will run all day.

Sunday Services

  • Southport line – a 15 minute service will run between 10am and 7pm and every 30 minutes in the morning and evening.
  • Hunts Cross line – an hourly service will run all day.
  • Kirkby line – an hourly service will run all day.
  • Ormskirk line – an hourly service will run all day.
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port line – an hourly service will run all day on both lines with an additional hourly shuttle service between Ellesmere Port and Hooton stations which provides connections to and from Liverpool city centre.
  • New Brighton line – a 45 minute service will run all day.
  • West Kirby line – a 45 minute service will run all day.

Evening services vary in frequency, full timetable information can be found below or by using the journey planner.

Current timetable information can be found here.

You can help to keep yourself and others safe by following latest travel advice and only travelling if your journey is necessary. 

Southport Merseyrail timetables can be found here

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