Local commuters are potentially going to endure longer journeys in a double whammy that is scheduled to hit Hoylake this month.
Two major upgrades to railway lines and water mains are set to affect commuters in Hoylake during October. In what seems to be unfortunate planning, a rail bus-replacement service will be passing through Hoylake at the same time as the main road is being dug up in order to replace the water main.
Utility giant United Utilities is scheduled to start early next month on works to replace the water main between Chapel Road, Hoylake and the Railway Inn on Birkenhead Road, Meols. The work is expected to take approximately 4 months to complete. You can read more about the multi-million pound, main replacement scheme here.
At quite possibly the same time, a bus replacement will be in service for users of the Merseyrail Wirral Line. Network rail is replacing the track from West Kirby to no further than Birkenhead North as that station is where the bus drops-off. Work starts on Friday, 7th October and is scheduled to take no longer than nine days. Crossings will be closed for a time, including the main level crossing at Hoylake. After that, work will start on the New Brighton line from Saturday 15 October and will be finished on Sunday 23 October.
Jo Kaye, Network Rail’s route director, said: “Merseyrail is one of the best performing train companies in the country and we aim to keep it at the top. The tracks on these two lines are life expired and need to be replaced otherwise the reliability of train services will be affected.”
Commuters should expect furthers delays in city-centre Liverpool and parts of Birkenhead and New Brigthon as the Liverpool Marathon is taking place on Sunday, 9th October. The Birkenhead tunnel will be closed for some of the morning. The race starts at 9.30am in Birkenhead Park. Further details and race route from Run Liverpool.