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Travel advice for Sky Ride and Tour of Britain

Taking your bike on the train? Good luck with that

Published on September 5th 2014.

Travel advice for Sky Ride and Tour of Britain

VISITORS into Liverpool this Sunday for both the Sky Ride Liverpool event and Stage One of the Tour of Britain are being urged by Merseytravel to think very carefully about their journey, in advance.

Thousands are expected to watch some of the biggest names in the world of cycling, including British Tour de France stars Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. They will take part in the opening stage of this year’s Tour of Britain competition. If you are plannning to go as a spectator, see panel below.

The roads will be closed from early morning to motor vehicles, and so the Sky Ride will see thousands of amateur cycling enthusiasts ride the same route. 

8118307870_Cb585d714d_ZPicture borrowed from LovelobikeIf that's you and you are planning to get into Liverpool with your bike on Merseyrail, they say "allow more time". Indeed, there are only two/three spaces for bikes at the front and back of the train, and that's if nobody is sitting in them. Therefore expect intimacy as your pedals get jammed into someone elses spokes, your handlebars into someone else's ribs and you are told by an irate passenger that bikes are meant to be ridden on roads and not on trains.  If you have Sky Ride ambitions and you are planning to catch a train in from Wigan, forget it: a bus replacement service is in operation.

Merseytravel points the way


To facilitate the events there be road closures from around 4am to 8pm, resulting in some disruption to bus services across the city.

Details on which bus services are affected, including diversions and any changes to pick up or drop off points, can be found on the travel updates section of the Merseytravel website.


Merseyrail will be running a normal Sunday service, with some additional trains between 8am and 7pm on the Hunts Cross line. Please use the Merseyrail Journey Planner to check train times for the day.

Due to it being the closest station to the start and finish point for the Tour of Britain stage, James Street station is expected to be extremely busy, with customers advised to use nearby stations Liverpool Central and Moorfields if possible.

All trains on the Merseyrail network have designated areas for cyclists at both ends of the train. However, as there are likely to be more customers than usual travelling with bikes, they are advised to allow more time for their journey.

Information on changes to train times can be found on www.merseyrail.org

City Line

Northern Rail services to Liverpool Lime Street from Wigan North Western and Manchester Oxford Road via Newton-le-Willows will be rail replacement bus services up until 12:30pm and will not be able to carry bikes.

Northern will also be operating a St Helens Central to Liverpool Lime Street shuttle. Services in and out of Liverpool will also be strengthened to four carriages where possible.

For more information visit www.northernrail.org

Birkenhead Tunnel

Anyone intending to use the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel on Sunday is reminded that the Liverpool Dock Exit will be closed due to the Strand being shut, with vehicles having to use the Old Haymarket exit instead.

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BirkoSeptember 6th 2014.

Well that article ought to put people off bothering to go! I was put off going to the Liverpool International Music Festival in Sefton Park by the warnings and threats from the Council and Merseytravel that cars and bikes could not be parked in or near the park, that the buses would be packed, that admission was strictly controlled and drinks (and many other things, including umbrellas) would be confiscated. I was later told by people who did go that hooligans were driving four-wheel-drives over the grass as they pleased without interference from the police, bikes were allowed into the Park and despite specific reference to the prohibition of barbecues in the Council’s own brochure, that there were barbecues on the grass. Who do we believe?

urbane cyclistSeptember 6th 2014.

Merseytravel is to be applauded for the provision of cycle bays on its trains but they would really improve things by taking out those folding seats in the cycle bays. In the first place they are only used by drunks and surly antisocial people who won’t sit in the empty proper seats; they stubbornly sit there denying the bay to cyclists who then have no option but to stand and block the aisle and the doors. Also the removal of these seats would allow an extra bicycle (or even two) particularly if the “safety strap provided” mentioned in the signs actually was provided. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one.

Pedaller from the Dark SideSeptember 6th 2014.

Of course bikes have to go on trains. Cyclists aren't allowed to use the tunnel and the first ferry of the day from Seacombe isn't until 10.30am. According to their own timetable the ferry takes FIFTY minutes!

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AnonymousSeptember 6th 2014.

And costs about £8

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