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Baltic Quarter commute just got easier with this bus

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Written by . Published on May 27th 2014.

Baltic Quarter commute just got easier with this bus

LIVERPOOL'S back-of-beyond Baltic Quarter has been connected to the outside world again - by a bus circular running every 12 minutes. 

It will make life easier for people, more used to heading by foot or bike, to the fast growing cultural enclave emerging from the one-time south docks warehouses. 

A new-look CityLink service (download the full timetable and route here has been relaunched by Merseytravel in time for the International Business Festival which, it is predicted, will bring thousands of visitors to Liverpool. 

The service links the Pier Head, Liverpool One, Echo Arena, Jamaica Street, Chinatown, the cathedrals and the museums and galleries on a user-friendly hop-on bus until around 8pm. 

Unlike Manchester, where the city centre circular buses are free, passengers on CityLink will still have to pay: £1.30 for a single journey or £3 for a day-long ticket*. 

City Link Bus Route And TimetableCity Link Bus Route And Timetable. Click to make big and readable

The new bus livery has been designed to reflect what Liverpool has to offer in terms of attractions, shopping and culture.  

Merseytravel says CityLink is aimed at tourists and people using the city’s leisure and business facilities, including conferences, exhibitions and local attractions. But it will be welcomed particularly be those doing business in the Baltic Quarter and residents of the south docks – another long haul. 

The service can be accessed from a range of key arrival points like Lime Street Station, Dale Street (for Northern and Wirral Line Moorfields commuters) , Queen Square bus terminal, the Mersey ferries and the cruise liner terminal. 

Cllr Ron Abbey, Merseytravel’s “lead member for bus”, said: “CityLink is perfect for people wanting to make the day their own without a tour guide. Just buy a day ticket and hop on and off to your heart’s content.” 

It is hoped the CityLink service will play a key role to the “visitor experience”, supporting high profile events in the city such as IFB 2014. 

The festival is the largest global concentration of business events during

2014. Running across seven weeks from June 9, it will attract business delegates and trade intermediaries from around the world. The IFB Hub will be based at Merseytravel’s headquarters at One Mann Island. 

*Children pay 50p for a single journey or £1.50 for a day ticket. Family tickets (£3 per journey or £7.50 for a day ticket) are also available. Concessionary tickets are accepted on the CityLink buses.

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17 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMay 27th 2014.

Erm based on that picture it only seems to go in one direction so if your on hope street and want to go to the baltic quarter you have to go via lime street queen square pier head etc...

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AnonymousMay 27th 2014.

Yes, and? Far more difficult to get to the Baltic triangle from Moorfields than it is from the Anglican Cathedral

AnonymousMay 27th 2014.

If you are on Hope Street you can just walk down the hill. If you are by Lime street station or Queens Square it is a trek. Basically if you anywhere but south Liverpool it is a pain in the arse to get to. Why not just populate some of the empty city centre instead?

John BradleyMay 27th 2014.

Roll on the reopening of St James station

Phillip LawlerMay 28th 2014.

St James' Station? That has been closed since 1917. Last time I passed on Sunday it looks a long way from being resurected. This bus route sounds a good idea but it will depend on how strongly it is promoted to tourists - foreign and domestic.

John BradleyMay 28th 2014.

See www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/…/hidden-st-jamess-station-project-6893690… reopening it would but the Baltic on the Northern Line, so no pissing around at Moorfields to get a bus to do the extra bit, which is good for people going to work. The bus is admission the place is under connected.

AnonymousMay 28th 2014.

Bradley has yet to move his thinking on from 1917....

John BradleyMay 28th 2014.

You have yet to start your thinking.

AnonymousMay 29th 2014.

Well that's me told.

Phillip LawlerMay 29th 2014.

John, this is not exactly an imminent scheme. A feasability study will take place soon but there is no clear commitment to this station. The article even says that it could be even fifteen years and that depends upon how vibrant the area becomes. Those points aside, I can't knock your enthusiasm and positivity. It would be good to see more life and business in it. There is also a proposal for the Cains Brewery to be turned into a gastro village with a cinema. These proposals are also in the early stages too.

John BradleyMay 29th 2014.

I never said it was imminent. I also think that reopening the station would lead to the improvement in the area.

Phillip LawlerMay 29th 2014.

It would lead to the improvement of the area but as always in business it will be a tentative stand-off/catch 22 of Merseyrail waiting for the area to thrive in order to open the station and businesses waiting for a station can justify opening there. There obviously needs to be some government/council development incentives to push this into place if anything is to happen before I have grey hair.

John BradleyMay 29th 2014.

The centenary of it's closure seems like a good target, with the WW1 connection, especially as I already have grey hairs.

AnonymousMay 28th 2014.

With the intellectual genius of Ron Abbey behind it, it just can't fail

DigJune 2nd 2014.

There was talk of reopening an old train station at the bottom of Parliament Street. That would have been ideal.

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King DongJune 2nd 2014.

Isn't that the same as St James Station referred to earlier?

John EdmondsonJune 6th 2014.

The map is pretty dire - shows Parliament Street running parallel with the river. I'm confused, so visitors would be totally bamboozled. Reopening the railway station would make more sense, to reach the Baltic Triangle in a jiff.

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