West Kirby station to close for nearly two weeks while Open is held

West Kirby railway station will be closed for nearly two weeks while the Open in Hoylake is held.

The closure is due to a temporary crossing being created across the railway tracks for the international event which is expected to bring in 250,000 visitors to Hoylake.

The station will be closed from 7pm on 12 July until 25 July. Trains will run between Liverpool Central and Hoylake with a rail replacement bus service taking people to West Kirby railway station. The bus stop will be situated outside Hoylake station.

On 23 July, there will be no trains heading to New Brighton though there will also be a rail replacement bus service.

The number of visitors coming to Wirral is expected to break records when the Open, considered one of the most prestigious in golf, will be hosted in Hoylake for the 13th time.

To deal with the influx and avoid any chaos, Wirral Council has brought in temporary parking restrictions and plans have been drawn up for Park and Ride car parks as well as drop-off areas.

The footpath and cycle lane that runs next to the train line from Hoylake to West Kirby will also be closed on 13, 14, and 25 July according to a notice put up.

Trains to Hoylake will be more than doubled with a ten-minute service running on the line in the morning and late afternoon for five days from 19 to 23 July.

Manor Road station will also close mid-afternoon each day from 19 to 23 July to make sure that the more regular trains can run effectively. Passengers on the Ellsemere Port and New Brighton lines will see a reduced timetable.

For New Brighton, there will be a train every twenty minutes from 19 to 22 July and a train every thirty minutes between Ellesmere Port and Hooton. Trains to Ellesmere Port and Hooton will still be running on 23 July.

Despite train strike action on 20 and 22 July, a website for the event said, “Merseyrail services are not affected by the ongoing industrial action and all Merseyrail services will run as planned to and from Hoylake during The Open.” However, wider train services may be impacted.


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