Crime on Merseyside’s railway stations

Liverpool Lime Street Station at night.

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/revealed-merseyside-railway-stations-youre-15699984

A Virgin Trains Pendolino train at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

There’s every danger with looking at crime stats and trying to interpret them that folk become more fearful of crime than they need to be. But the positive side of talking about railway stations where crime is an issue is to make travellers more aware of what is going on around them on busy stations. It’s a question of balance as with most things of course.

Southport Station.

Merseyrail – Coming face to face with those new Stadler Trains

Well I actually came face to face with a mock-up of one of the new trains at Birkenhead’s Pacific Road Building as the first actual train is not due to be delivered until 2019. Here are my photos:-

The two Merseytravel reps with the mock-up were really informative and helpful on the day I went to have a look, which was in fact the last day the unit was on display in Birkenhead.

It is now being set up at Liverpool’s Lime Street Station for a further period of display to the public – 5-18 November, Mon-Sun 7.00 to 18.30

My only worry is that there may still, like with the present 507/508 rolling stock, be insufficient space for cycles.

On an amusing aside I got into conversation with a fellow railway enthusiast about the new trains and they suggested to me that the seats were a little hard. Well firm, I’ll give you that but, but not uncomfortable in my view. The same conversation went on to compare them with seats on some Cumfybus buses which despite the name of the bus company are a little on the firm side:-)))

The first photo is also on my Flickr page at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Liverpool’s refurbished/rebuilt Lime Street Station

Liverpool Lime Street Station at night.

After weeks on end of rail travel disruption the rebuilt Lime Street Station is almost complete. The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/first-look-liverpool-lime-street-14961828

A Virgin Pendolino train at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

Ormskirk – Preston Trains = Summer Sunday Timetable published

Burscough Junction Station on the Ormskirk – Preston line.

I posted a few days ago about the usually closed (on a Sunday) Ormskirk – Preston Line having trains running whilst Liverpool Lime Street Station is partially shut down for the 2nd phase of its major upgrade this summer. A full timetable is now available and is reproduced above. Please click on it to enlarge for reading.

So if you are travelling northwards this summer you can do so via the Ormskirk – Preston Line.

One day all trains will run on a Sunday!

With thanks to OPSTA for the lead to this posting

BUT please check before travelling as Northern Rail, who run the trains on this line, are struggling to cope presently and are in the habit of cancelling trains all over the north of England.

Summer Sunday Service Schedule Preston – Ormskirk Line!!!

Ormskirk Station – The train in the foreground is Preston bound. The one behind it is Liverpool bound.

Well it’s because of railway engineering work and the part closure of Liverpool Lime Street Station throughout the summer but hey at least it’s a service on the Ormskirk – Preston Line on a Sunday.

Of course the caveat must be, are Northern capable of delivering the service based on their inability to deliver a regular service on many of their lines at presently?

The service will operate every Sunday from June 3rd up to and including July 29th.

You will find full times for journeys up to July 8th through online travel enquiries at Northern, National Rail etc. There will be 6 services each way similar to last October, see below.

Please check before you travel.

OPSTA (Ormskirk Preston and Southport Travellers Association) will be conducting passenger counts and possibly a survey or two.

Sunday Preston departures

1042

1213

1412

1534

1711

1834

Sunday Ormskirk departures

1135

1251

1452

1635

1752

1935

What will it take for Government to realise that folks want to travel by train on a Sunday all the time, year in year out? They don’t close Motorways on a Sunday!

Ormskirk’s Station where Merseyrail and Northern trains meet