Merseyrail night trains being considered

The Liverpool City Region said it will “monitor the possibility” of more night trains going forward after the success of Eurovision.

The international song contest, which was held in early May, saw huge crowds and art and culture exhibitions take place across the city bringing more than half a million people and an estimated £40m into the city.

In order to accommodate for the huge crowds, more Merseyrail trains ran over the course of the week including running later into the night every night the contest was on.

After the final on 13 May, trains left Liverpool stations as late as 2.45am in the morning the next day so that people could get home after a night out. Trains also ran every 20 minutes across all parts of the network, except to Ellesmere Port.

Current Merseyrail timetables mean that the last trains back to Wirral leave just before midnight.

When asked whether it is considering introducing more night trains going forward, a Liverpool City Region Combined Authority spokesperson said, “As part of the transport offer to support Liverpool hosting the Eurovision Song Contest last month, additional late night rail services were put in place on the Merseyrail network to make sure rail users could get home after the final, alongside a cross-river shuttle service for the Mersey Ferry and extra bus services.

“As part of the concession agreement, the network timetable is regularly reviewed with Merseyrail. However, the overall demand for late night services is still at a level which would not justify any significant changes to the timetable.

“We do believe the additional services put in place for the Eurovision final were a success though and will continue to work with Merseyrail and monitor the possibility of doing this more often going forward.”


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