Phase 2 Update - Weekends

Trains are now running between Wirral and James Street station in Liverpool.

Bike bus will not run on 20, 27, 28, 29 May. On Sun 21 May bike bus will only run between 08.00 and 09.00. At all other times on these dates trains will run between Wirral and James Street station and bikes can be taken on board.

Phase 2 - Monday to Friday

It was previously advertised that during Phase 2, between Monday and Friday, bikes could be taken cross-river by train. For safety reasons, this is no longer possible at busy times.

Due to the number of passengers using James Street station, bikes will not be allowed on Platform 1 at James Street between 07:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 18:00, Monday to Friday. If you are travelling from New Brighton or West Kirby with a bike, you will have to change at Hamilton Square onto the next train which will have come from Chester and will go into Platform 2 at James Street.

Outside of the peak time restrictions, you can travel with a bike to either platform at James Street, however you must be able to carry your bike upstairs unaided.

Phase 1 and Phase 3 

Wirral line services will start and terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central. Rail replacement buses will run between Birkenhead and Liverpool. 

Rail replacement buses will not carry bikes. If you need to travel with a bike, please see the information on Bike Bus, Mersey Ferries and Cycle Storage below. 

Bike Bus

We have listened to our passengers and have decided to run a Bike Bus, which is a vehicle that can carry bikes and owners together. The Bike Bus will run between Birkenhead and Liverpool at key times during Wirral loop line track renewal for customers travelling with bikes.

The Bike Bus will run between Hamilton Square station in Birkenhead and Moorfields station in Liverpool. Capacity will be limited and buses will operate on a first come first served basis. The timetables for the Bike Bus can be seen below: 

Phase 1, Phase 3 and 21 May 08:00 - 09:00

There will be services every hour from both stations from early in the morning until late at night.

Birkenhead - Hamilton Square Station (Bridge Street) Liverpool - Moorfields (Exchange/Tithebarn Street)
Monday - Saturday  
06:00 and then hourly 06:30 and then hourly
Last service 23:00 Last service 23:30
08:00 and then hourly 08:30 then hourly
Last service 23:00 Last service 23:30

Phase 2 Monday to Friday 

Bike bus will run every hour from both stations during the busy morning and afternoon periods. 

Birkenhead - Hamilton Square Station (Bridge Street) Liverpool - Moorfields (Exchange/Tithebarn Street)
Morning Services  
07.00 07.30
08.00 08.30
Afternoon Services  
16.00 16.30
17.00 17.30

To plan your cycle route to and from the Bike Bus click here.  

More detailed cycle information for Phase 2 and Phase 3 will be released in February 2017.


Mersey Ferries

The Mersey Ferries remain the best option if you travel with a bike. Throughout the work, valid cross-river rail tickets will be accepted on all Mersey Ferries for passengers travelling with a bike.

During the week, there will be a commuter service from 07:20 – 10:00 and 17:00 – 19:00, with ferries every 20 minutes between Seacombe and the Pier Head. At weekends and during the week between 11:00 – 16:00, cross-river journeys can be made via the River Explorer Cruise.

If ferries are suspended for any reason, alternative travel arrangements will be provided. For more information on Mersey Ferries, visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk

Secure Cycle Storage

Another option if you travel with a bike is to leave your bike in our secure cycle shelters, which are located at the majority of our stations. To make use of them, register in advance at www.merseyrail.org/cycle where a full list of stations can be found, an access fob will be sent to you free of charge.

Bike & Go

If you leave your bike at home or at your local station you can take advantage of the Bike & Go offers during Wirral Track Renewal. During the work, Bike & Go will offer half price annual subscription to customers who live in the Liverpool city region and free rentals from Moorfields station during Phase 3. To register, visit www.bikeandgo.co.uk, select the Wirral promotion and use the promo code wirral17.

Half price annual subscription, costing just £5, is available from 24 November 2016 to 18 June 2017. Free rentals from Moorfields are subject to availability and on a first come first served basis, between 30 May - 18 June 2017. Please check live availability on www.bikeandgo.co.uk

Remember that throughout Wirral loop line track renewal, fold-up bikes can be taken on trains and rail replacement buses. 

Phase 2 Travel Information

Phase 2 Travel Information

Monday 13 February to Monday 29 May 2017

Read more Phase 2 Travel Information

Phase 3 Travel Information

Phase 3 Travel Information

Tuesday 30 May to Sunday 18 June 2017

Read more Phase 3 Travel Information