Thousands of Liverpool passengers are switching to coach this summer as the city’s main railway station is closed for two months for upgrade work according to figures from National Express.
On Saturday 2nd June 2018, Liverpool Lime Street station will completely close for eight weeks between the 2nd June and 29th July 2018 while major engineering work is carried out and the UK’s largest coach operator has seen thousands more people opting to go by coach as sales for its Liverpool services increase by more than 100 per cent.
During the upgrade, rail passengers travelling from Lime Street face taking a replacement bus to Liverpool South Parkway station before boarding onward trains – adding inconvenience and extra time to their journeys.
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “This engineering work looks likely to have a significant impact on those travelling by train to and from Liverpool, bringing longer journey times, multiple changes and general hassle for passengers, so it’s no wonder that coach bookings have doubled during the disruption.
“Those who opt to travel with us will enjoy a guaranteed seat, air conditioning, free WiFi, access to our entertainment system VUER and great value fares ensuring comfort and convenience on board.”
Advanced bookings for coach travel show a significant increase on key routes during the work. Services from Liverpool to Manchester Airport have risen 160 per cent year-on-year as travellers opt for a direct service from Liverpool One bus station straight to the airport door with a journey time of just one hour and fares from £5.
The UK’s largest coach operator has also seen year-on-year growth on its services from Liverpool to London (71%), Birmingham (74%), Leeds (110%) and Manchester (125%), during the engineering work and stands ready to increase capacity if necessary so that as many people as possible who want to travel can.
Top five most popular departures from Liverpool during the closure are, London, Birmingham, Manchester Airport, Leeds and Manchester.
For more information visit http://nationalexpress.com or call 0871 7818181 (calls to this number cost 13p/min plus your telephone company’s access charge).