An estimated 100,000 extra visitors are expected in the Liverpool City Region as it hosts the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine. The iconic event is also expected to attract more than 160 million TV viewers.
To celebrate, Merseyrail stations have been dressed in Eurovision colours, along with the new trains, hydrogen buses, bus stations and the world-famous Mersey Ferries.
Mayor Steve Rotheram has also announced late-night public transport services will run during Eurovision to help fans and locals get home from the party safely. Trains and buses will operate until the early hours after the National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome on Sunday, May 7 and after the Grand Final on Saturday, May 13.
Merseyrail services are unaffected by the industrial action on mainline rail services.
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:
“A world class spectacular such as Eurovision deserves world class transport – and we’re pulling out all the stops to make sure fans and locals will arrive to the party in style.
“We’ve decorated our new state-of-the-art publicly owned trains and hydrogen buses in Eurovision branding and organised late-night bus and train services to make sure no one has to miss a second of the celebrations – and, when people arrive to our train stations, they might even be greeted by a famous voice or two!
“We’re expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors to descend on the Liverpool City Region for a week-long celebration of music, dance, fun and frivolity – and it’s fantastic to see everyone pulling together to make this a truly unforgettable experience for people from the moment they step foot in our wonderful city.”