Transport advice for Open Golf at Hoylake

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THE Highway Agency is advising motorists to leave extra time for journeys when the Open Golf championshiip returns to Hoylake on the Wirral next month.

Last time the Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake hosted the event, in 2006, 230,000 spectators attended, generating an estimated £75m for the local economy.

With similar numbers of spectators expected for the Open this year, which is taking place between July 13 and July 20, transport chiefs are urging advanced planning.

Phil Stockford, the Highways Agency’s events planning manager, said:
“We are used to hosting The Open in the North West from time-to-time and we work closely with the police, local authorities, golf clubs and other agencies to ensure we can get people as smoothly as possible to and from the event as well as keeping other motorway drivers on the move.

“Spectators and other people using the motorway network around Wirral during the championship can help themselves by heeding our advice and planning their journeys – including checking traffic conditions before setting out.”

Motorists travelling to Hoylake will be directed to use the northbound M53 from junction 15 of the M56 at Stoak Interchange.  From junction 11 of the M53 they will then travel the 15 miles north to leave the motorway at junction 3 or junction 2 west of Birkenhead from where they will be directed to dedicated and public park and ride sites, reserved label car parks or coach parking.

Highways Agency traffic officers based at the North West regional control centre at Newton-le-Willows will use electronic signs across the region’s motorway network before and during the event to give driver advice including directions to the M53 route.

They will also be monitoring traffic levels with extra patrols of on road traffic officers on standby to respond quickly to incidents and keep golf-goers and other motorway users on the move.

Full information for anyone travelling to the golf is available at www.theopen.com/en/Information/TravelToTheCourse.aspx

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