Wirral loop line closes for six weeks as tracks replaced

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Media captionEvery day about 30 buses will transport about 40,000 passengers under the River Mersey

The railway line linking Wirral and Liverpool has closed for six weeks while old track is replaced.

Commuters will have to catch replacement buses during the first phase of work on the Wirral loop line.

Trains will start and terminate at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central, with buses running to and from Liverpool stations.

While there was minimal disruption on the first day, many people have yet to return to work after the festive break.

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Image caption Wirral loop line disruptions

Merseyrail managing director Jan Chaudhry Van der Velde said: "We think journey times will increase by about 20 minutes overall.

"We will be running express replacement buses using the two major highway tunnels."

Image caption Merseyrail said the work was long overdue

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