The Giants are coming…. major changes to public transport between 23 – 27 July

August 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War – a turning point in world history.
Liverpool will host one of the UK’s landmark commemorative events – a poignant and spectacular piece of street theatre which will once again see giant visitors embark on an emotional journey around the city.

Taking place between 23 – 27 July 2014, the city will welcome back the creative tour de force that is Royal De Luxe who will undoubtedly deliver a jaw-dropping visual feast.

It comes just two years after Liverpool came to a standstill for Sea Odyssey which paid tribute to the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Sea Odyssey saw over one million people converge on the streets, taking in the awe-inspiring sight of three beautifully crafted giants which roamed the city on a heart-rending tale of love, loss and reunion. Those three days in April 2012 have become some of the most unforgettable in Liverpool’s history and this new event is expected to join Sea Odyssey and become etched in the hearts and minds of everyone lucky enough to be part of the event.

As a result of this amazing piece of street theatre, roads will be closed and diversions will be in force, meaning there will be major planned changes to public transport.

Here’s a guide to how your buses, trains, Mersey Ferries and Mersey Tunnels are changing…

Roads will be closed and diversions will be in force, meaning there will be major planned changes to bus services throughout the event.

Click here to download the special information book we have produced, listing all the changes to bus services during the event.

Please remember though, roads throughout Liverpool are expected to be very busy so whatever service you are using, please allow extra time for your journey.

On Saturday afternoon, Stagecoach will be running a special bus service to take you from the Liverpool Cruise Terminal to the Giants at Clarence Dock. The service runs very frequently between 1600 and 1800.
Regular return buses will depart Clarence Dock between 1930 and 2100. Journey time will be 5 minutes.
A flat fare of £1.00 for adults and 50p for children will be charged – no passes will be accepted.
For safety reasons, James Street station will be closed on Saturday from 1600 to 2000 and on Sunday from 1100 to 1500. Your nearest stations are at Moorfields and Liverpool Central.

For the latest train running information, visit for Northern and Wirral Line services
or for City Line services. You can also call National Rail Enquires on 08457 48 49 50.
Where possible, Merseyrail will run trains with extra carriages during the event.

The Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will be closed to all traffic during the following times, whilst the Memories of August event takes place in Liverpool:

2200 on Thursday 24 July through to 1200 on Friday 25 July;
2130 on Friday 25 July through to 0100 on Saturday 26 July;
1030 on Saturday 26 July through to 0100 on Sunday 27 July.

Traffic will be diverted through the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel, which is expected to be busy, particularly through the morning peak period. Please plan your journey in advance and allow extra time to make your journey.

Mersey Ferries will be a great way to get to and from the event with extra services running throughout the weekend.

Between 23 to 25 July a normal ferry service will be running.

On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, extra River Explorer Cruises (lasting about 45 minutes) will run:

Cruises will operate every 30 minutes (two vessels will be in operation):
Ferries will depart Pier Head at 1000, 1030 then at 00 and 30 mins past each hour until 1800.
Ferries will depart Seacombe at 1000, 1030 then at 00 and 30 mins past each hour until 1800.
Ferries will depart Woodside at 1010, 1040 then at 10 and 40 mins past each hour until 1840.

A final service will depart Pier Head at 1800, calling at Seacombe at 1830, Woodside at 1840,
finishing at Pier Head at 1850.

Normal River Explorer Cruise pricing will apply to these cruises.

On Saturday 26 July, an extra direct shuttle service will depart Pier Head at 1900 calling at Woodside and Seacombe only.

Direct shuttle ticket prices will apply to this service.

Services are expected to be busy due to increased visitor numbers and this may impact on timetabled services. Mersey Ferries will do all they can to run to this special timetable.

Sorry – you can’t pre-book tickets for these cruises.

Have a fabulous time enjoying the Giants – the city is expected to be very busy, so please allow extra time to complete your journey.
If you need any more information, or need some help planning your journey, call our Traveline team on 0151 236 7676. They’re open from 0800 – 2000 every day. Our journey planner and mobile apps won’t contain diversion details for this event, so if you’re travelling to or from Liverpool between 25 – 27 July, please don’t use them to plan your journey – call our friendly Traveline team for help!

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