My good friend Cllr. Tony Dawson of Dukes ward in Southport sent me a copy of a railway timetable from 1966 which shows how well served Southport once was in terms of rail connections.
Of course it still has an excellent service to Liverpool but has sadly lost its line to Preston altogether. The line to the east from our local seaside resort goes to Manchester via Wigan and let’s face it it is a second rate service with second rate coaching stock.
Dr John Pugh, the MP for Southport, has been raising this matter very publicly and readers may recall his appearance on a TV programme in December 2012 about the poor quality of Pacer Trains used on the Southport – Wigan – Manchester line and indeed many other lines in the North West of England.