Following on from the success of the first four years’ operation starting in 2012, the Merseyside Transport Trust (MTT) is pleased to announce that it will once again be operating circular open top tours of Southport during the holiday season of 2016.

These tours will be provided entirely by volunteers using historic vehicles.

Starting from the tradition location of Southport Pier, the tours will operate as a free-of-charge circular service taking in the sights of Southport that have on a tour that has proved a popular tourist attraction for many decades. Ensuring that the tours continue operating has proved to be very popular with Southport locals, families and tourists alike; since their first year extra journeys have been added to cope with increased demand and popularity.

Picking up where Arriva left off in 2011, the tours are to be operated using historic Leyland Atlanteans that have been operating these tours in past years and are now in preservation; 1449 (GKA 449L) and 1551 (OLV 551M).

A closed top vehicle will be substituted in adverse weather conditions.

The tours take in such beautiful Southport attractions as the Marine Lake, Marine Bridge, Royal Birkdale Golf Course, Hesketh Park, Lord Street Boulevard and the Botanic Gardens.

The operation of the tours will commence on Sunday 31st July 2016 and will operate on every Sunday through to Sunday 28th August 2016, also including August Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016. Departures are timetabled for 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 hours from Southport Pier, in front of the carousel.

For more information, please consult the MTT’s website at:

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