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







Sunday Ormskirk departures







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

The new Maghull North Station is to blame

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

News from the Echo (in a dramatic way?) about the consequences (on the Northern Line timetable) of the new Maghull North Station opening and also the consequences of Liverpool Lime Street being partly shut down again for further upgrade works.

Mobility Scooters and Northern’s aged train fleet sadly don’t mix

Mind the gap – It is often the height difference between a train door and station platform which causes difficulties for those with a disability.

The Liverpool Echo has the story on it s web site – see link above

How long has the Disabled Discrimination Act (DDA) been in place? Well it came into effect in 2005 and was then added to/superseded by the Equities Act of 2010 yet still people with disabilities are left at a disadvantage.

Frankly it is not good enough in my book.

The photo is amongst my flickr shots at:-

Liverpool – Lime Street Station approach cutting wall collapse could have crushed a train!

Liverpool Lime Street Station

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

It seems that luck played a big part in this wall collapse not leading to a far worse situation/accident.

How Network Rail did not have in place the appropriate monitoring processes is the big and uncomfortable question for them now. They are only lucky that the incident did not lead to injury or even loss of life.

Liverpool Lime Street Station upgrade – Time-lapse video

Liverpool Lime Street Station at night.

Network Rail have put this time-lapse video (see link above) on youtube with regard to the recent 3 week closure of the station because of massive platform and track works to increase the capacity of Lime Street. It’s worth looking at to see the extent of the works so far.

A Virgin Trains Pendolino train at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

Virgin Trains – Loco to be named Flying Scouseman

A Virgin Trains Pendolino train at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Well it’s imaginative and so close to the iconic Flying Scotsman name; I like it.