Thousands of people are expected to watch the Champions League final on Saturday night in pubs, bars and at specially organised events and, with last transport services scheduled around 11pm, fans are being advised to plan how they’ll get home particularly if the game goes to extra time and penalties.
Should LFC repeat the success of 2005, 500,000 people are expected to watch Sunday’s homecoming parade in Liverpool, putting massive demand on limited transport services, with added disruption from event road closures.
“This is a massive weekend for all Reds and I’m no exception. I’m certainly not counting any chickens, but our sixth European crown is now within touching distance.
“While many thousands of fans are making the journey out to Madrid to cheer on the team, we know that there will be even more travelling into the city to watch in pubs, clubs and at special events.
“It’s easy to forget about the practicalities while caught up in the atmosphere of such a big occasion and that’s why I’m urging fans to think now about how they’re going to get where they want to go and home again on both the Saturday and, hopefully, on Sunday.
“Don’t aim for the last service home on the Saturday and bear in mind that, if the parade goes ahead, services will be running to a limited Sunday timetable. If you’re lucky enough to live along or close to the route stay local, and if you have to travel, plan ahead.
“I want all fans to remember the weekend for the right reasons and hopefully, come Saturday night, we’ll be celebrating bringing the trophy back to the city.”
Information to help you plan is available at merseytravel.gov.uk/lfcparade and ‘live’ travel advice and information will be available before, during and after the parade on Twitter @Merseytravel #lfcparde
- Plan your travel in advance to ensure you can get where you’re going to go and home again.
- If you live along or close to the parade route, stay local and walk or cycle. This may give you the best vantage point and means you can avoid a busy transport network.
- Use public transport wherever possible, but consider that trains and buses will be running to a Saturday/Sunday timetable with some rail services affected by engineering works, and bus services will be disrupted as a result of parade road closures. Check before you travel.
- The open top bus won’t be stopping so take advantage of the full length of the route.
- Decide which part of the route you want to wait at and arrive in plenty of time.
- The transport network will be very busy. Prepare to queue and factor this in. Don’t aim for the last service home.
- Be patient – it is impossible to predict how long it will take the team bus to travel along the route. This will also impact on when road closures will be lifted and when affected bus routes can get back to normal.
- On the Sunday, Merseyrail will have an amended timetable in place. James St and Lime Street (low-level) stations will be closed all day, as will Green Lane, Bromborough Rake and Capenhurst on the Wirral line. These closures will remain in place whether or not a parade takes place.
- Should the parade take place, for passengers travelling in Liverpool city centre, Northern line trains will call at Moorfields only and Wirral line trains will call at Liverpool Central only.
- On the Sunday, should the parade go ahead, Mersey Ferries will be running a shuttle service from 1500, with the last service back to Seacombe at 1930.