Open Golf Transport Information

Open Golf Traffic Management

Sunday 16 July to Sunday 23 (extending to Monday July 24 if play has to be extended)

Around Royal Birkdale Golf course there will be a number of reserved car parks including Birkdale Common, Southport Rugby Club and Hillside Golf Club.

Members of the public will be directed to one of four Park and Ride sites dependant on how they are signed on the approach to Southport. These will be; The Esplanade in Southport, Princes Park, Southport, Carr Lane, Birkdale and Bedford Park, Birkdale. Between them will provide nearly 7,000 parking spaces. A further 3,000 spaces will be available at contingency sites at Fairway, Birkdale High School and Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale which will be brought into use as and when required. Buses will drop off and pick up passengers in the Trafalgar Road and Selworthy Road areas of Birkdale.

There will be localised road closures at Cromer Road, junction of Waterloo Road and Greenbank Drive between Waterloo Road and Trafalgar Road. Access to Hastings Road will be by permit only. One Way Traffic Orders will be introduced on Gainsborough Road and parts of Selworthy Road and Bedford Road.

Waterloo Road between Arundel Road and Gainsborough Road will be subject to a 20mph speed limit and a Clearway Order which prohibits all vehicles except buses from stopping.

A taxi Rank will be provided on Selworthy Road, close to its junction with Sandringham Road and on Sandringham Road there will be a free bus link to the town centre and a drop off/pick up location for private hire vehicles.

There will be significant additional prohibition of waiting orders, around the course and the Park and Ride sites. All residents directly impacted by such restrictions will receive a letter from Sefton Council detailing the restrictions and asking them to let us know of any particular problems they could envisage the restrictions may cause. 

Open Golf Shuttle Bus (July 16-23) 

A free, 20 minute shuttle bus service will be available during The Open as detailed below:

DateFirst bus from Lord StreetLast bus from The Open (Sandringham Road)
Sunday, July 16 10:00 19:00
Monday, July 17 07:30 20:00
Tuesday, July 18 07:30 20:00
Wednesday, July 19 07:30 20:00
Thursday, July 20 07:30 22:00
Friday, July 21 07:30 22:00
Saturday, July 22 07:30 21:00
Sunday, July 23 10:00 21:00

Merseyrail - Industrial Action (Sunday July 23)

Industrial action has been announced on the Merseyrail network on Sunday July 23. While details of the travel plan are still being developed, there will be a Merseyrail service in operation to get people to and from Royal Birkdale. Please note that mainline rail services will be unaffected by the strike. We will provide more information in due course.

Helipad Transport Information

Helipad Operation

Lay out and use land as a helicopter landing site



Access Period

July 17 to July 23, 2017 inclusive

Hours of Duration

From 07:30 to 19:30


The premises known as the former Ainsdale Hope School in Sandringham Road Southport as shown for identification on the location plan.


Undertake works to lay out a helipad and use thereafter for helicopter landing on site during British Open Championships 2017



Last Updated on 20 July 2017

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