Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Golf tournament brings benefits

They waited until we left the Wirral first.

Bringing the Open Golf Championship back to Hoylake is set to revitalise the Wirral in many ways. Local businesses including hotels that have struggled to stay open will be packed and anyone with a house to let will have the opportunity to cash in on the demand for accomodation.

Included in the plans is a revamp of Hoylake's art deco-style railway station in the run-up to the tournament. Merseytravel is investing £600,000 on the project over the next few months. The listed building, which was built in 1937, will see improvements to the platforms, booking hall and ticket counter, waiting facilities, toilets, windows, car park and brickwork. Fortunately they are keeping the period features including the art deco tiles.

There are no planned service closures or changes during the refurbishment which will be completed in time for the Open. Services to Hoylake will increase to every 10 minutes during the sporting spectacular in July, with trains doubled in length to cope with the expected influx of visitors.

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