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Passengers advised of disruption to Kirkby line in July and August

Due to preparatory work for the new Merseyrail station at Headbolt Lane, there will be some changes to services on the Kirkby line from the 1 July to 13 August 2023.

Passengers are advised to think ahead and plan their journeys.

The impact on services is as follows:

Saturday 1 July – Sunday 9 July: No trains will run between Kirkby and Liverpool Central. Rail replacement buses will operate between Kirkby and Moorfields, calling at all stations.

To prevent trains on the Ormskirk line from becoming crowded, additional services will run between Aintree and Liverpool Central at peak times from Monday to Friday.

Passengers who normally use Rice Lane station should use Walton station instead.

Monday 10 July – Sunday 13 August: A limited train service will operate every 45 minutes between Fazakerley and Liverpool Central, calling at all stations. A rail replacement bus service will operate between Kirkby, Fazakerley and Aintree. In addition, at peak hours including early morning services, there will be an express rail replacement bus service between Kirkby and Moorfields, calling at Fazakerley and Rice Lane only.

All rail replacement bus times are available in the journey planner at

Monday 14 August: A normal timetable is expected to operate from this date.

Zoe Hands, Chief Operating Officer at Merseyrail, said:

“We sincerely apologise to Kirkby line customers for the disruption this vital work will cause. We know this will impact passengers, and we only undertake such closures when there is no other option.

“We have worked hard to provide rail-replacement bus services and the option of trains at Fazakerley in order to mitigate the negative impact this period will have.
“However, I am confident that once this vital work is done the people of Kirkby will be delighted with their new station at Headbolt Lane.”

Passengers should use the journey planner at before travelling to check their journey or speak to a member of staff at their nearest station.