The Merseyrail network will be extremely busy during the Three Queens event. To accommodate the large number of passengers expected to travel, changes will be made to the planned train timetable.

The changes will ensure that 6 car trains give access to the Liverpool & Wirral Waterfronts, as well as the Sefton Coast. Queuing systems will be put in place at key times to ensure a safe and reliable service continues.

Saturday 23 May

A normal service will run on all lines.

Sunday 24 May

Due to the early arrival of the Queen Mary, all Merseyrail services will start one hour earlier. The first trains will leave at:

Station First Train
Chester 07.00
Southport 06.58
Ellesmere Port 06.49
Ormskirk 07.20
New Brighton 06.53
Kirkby 07.18
West Kirby 07.01
Hunts Cross 07.06

A normal Sunday service will operate on all lines for the rest of the day, with all trains running as 6 car units.

Monday 25 May

To ensure crowds are managed safely and passengers have an enjoyable travel experience, access to city centre stations will be restricted at key times:

  • From 1pm all Northern line trains will not stop at Liverpool Central station. All Northern line passengers must use Moorfields station.

  • From 1pm James Street station will close. Wirral line passengers can use Liverpool Central or Lime Street low level station. 

  • The Wirral line platform at Moorfields station will remain closed for refurbishment during the entire Three Queens event.

To accommodate the large crowds expected to travel, the following changes will be made to the Merseyrail timetable:

  • All trains on the Northern line will run at a 20 minute frequency from start to end of service.
  • Trains on the Wirral line will run every 15 minutes between 07:00 and 19:00 and every 30 minutes outside these times.
  • A rail replacement bus will run between Ellesmere Port & Hooton from start to end of service. This adjustment means 6 car trains can run at points on the Merseyrail network where large crowds are expected.

Passengers are advised to plan their journey and to allow extra time for travelling.

You can use the website Journey Planner, see travel information at your nearest Merseyrail station in the run up to the event, download the Merseyrail app or follow @merseyrail on Twitter for live travel information.

Some of the events during the Three Queens weekend will finish late which means significant demand for transport services from 10pm. Don’t leave it too late – allow time to get to the station and for there to be queues when you arrive there. Consider what your alternative options may be in getting home.

Ticket Information

Enjoy unlimited travel anywhere on the Merseyrail network with a Day Saver ticket, starting from just £3.70 for adults and £1.85 for children.

If you are travelling in a family group, a Merseyrail Family Ticket costs just £10 and offers unlimited off peak travel for an entire day for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

Day Savers and Family Tickets can be used from 9.30am, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.


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