RAIL commuters are expected to face huge disruption in Ellesmere Port as Merseyrail will not run any train services on the line for Friday and Saturday, October 5-6.

The reason is the Liverpool Giants Spectacular festival will be returning to the city for the final time from October 4-7, with the train operating firm having to make alterations to its timetable so it can "assist with the large volume of passengers attending".

But the move has caused anger, with Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders tweeting to Merseyrail on Twitter: "How dare you decide at two weeks notice to shut the Ellesmere Port line".

While a service will run from Ellesmere Port Station on Sunday, no Merseyrail trains will be calling at Little Sutton, Capenhurst, Overpool or Bache from Friday to Sunday.

For passengers commuting between Chester and Liverpool, they will have to change trains at Hooton as a 20-minute train shuttle service between Chester and Hooton will be in effect.

A statement on Merseyrail's website says: "To assist with the large volume of passengers attending the Giants Spectacular event, and to continue to deliver a reliable service, we are running a special event timetable, which will include a limited stop service and some stations will be closed.

"Plan ahead and leave plenty of time to reach your destination. Our services and stations will be extremely busy and there will be queuing systems in place for customer safety.

"Due to the large number of passengers travelling across our network, you may not be able to get on the train you want. However, we will get you to where you need to go as quickly as possible.

"Lime Street low level and James Street stations will be closed. All Wirral line passengers are to use Liverpool Central station."