MERSEYRAIL has backtracked on its decision to miss out certain train stations next week after fury from commuters.

The train company announced last week that changes will be made across the network over Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October – while the Giants are in Liverpool.

But many workers and parents took to social media to voice their anger at being left high and dry by the travel provider.

Merseyrail has now said trains WILL stop at Hightown and Bache – two of the stations people were particularly vocal about being missed out.

Another 23 stations, however, will still be closed as planned.

Managing Director at Merseyrail, Andy Heath said: “The Giants is one of our busiest events and in terms of visitors travelling by Merseyrail it far surpasses most other events within the City of Liverpool.

“Normally 110,000 passenger journeys are made on Merseyrail per day. With the Giants event we have to plan for more than double those numbers of visitors. With a finite number of trains and carriages available it is a major challenge for us and I am pleased that with these two alterations to what was originally proposed I am confident we will do our best to ensure that as many people as possible get to the city to have a great day at the Giants.

“We will have large numbers of staff deployed at key stations to assist with travel to the event. It’s never ideal to announce the temporary closure of any station but by doing this on the days of the event we are able to increase the number of carriages on lines of routes throughout the day and therefore carrying larger numbers of passengers.”

Over the three days the following stations will be closed: Hillside, Freshfield, Bootle Oriel Road, Bank Hall, Sandhills, Aughton Park, Town Green, Rice Lane, Hunts Cross, James Street, Birkenhead Park, Conway Park, Meols, Manor Road, Green Lane, Port Sunlight, Spital, Bromborough Rake, Eastham Rake, Capenhurst, Little Sutton, Overpool and Ellesmere Port.

Other changes include the West Kirby line only having three trains per hour, instead of the usual four, Southport trains will terminate at South Parkway.

All Wirral line passengers are to use Liverpool Central, while Northern line passengers are to use Moorfields.

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