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.
Ormskirk Station – The train in the foreground is Preston bound. The one behind it is Liverpool bound.
On 21st March Northern announced the services and timetables it has agreed with Network Rail that should come into effect in May. Although the two organisations have agreed this position it transpires they are still finalising details so nothing is absolutely certain until the timetables are published online some time from April 7th.
Preston – Ormskirk
An hourly service Monday – Saturday will be introduced with these timings:
First service from Preston will depart at 06.25
Trains will then depart at 26 minutes past the hour (ie 07.26, 08.26 ..) until the last service at 22.37.
First service from Ormskirk will depart at 07.01
Trains will then depart at 1 minute past the hour until the last service at 23.10 (ten past the hour).
The assigned rolling stock is still the dreadful 142 Pacer although there should be more instances where it is a 2 car Class 150/156.
Sadly though there will still not be any regular Sunday services.
The frequency of cancellations on the current service is a serious concern and this is being taken up with Northern. If you have a service cancelled on you please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating date, time and station.
In these days of bad news about many public services there’s some good news here in that the trains from Ormskirk to Preston will be running hourly instead of less often. A small step forward but Sunday running trains on this line are still required. My thanks to OPSTA (Ormskirk, Preston and Southport Travellers Association) for the information contained in this posting.
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We live in a 7 day a week society/economy these days and I often wonder if there is not more traffic on our roads on a Sunday than any other day.
But this is not really a posting about the rights and wrongs about Sunday trading. I’m an atheist so the religious angles are not an issue for me but I am also a trade unionist and I really do fear the exploitation of workers and a breakdown of family life. However, I will leave those aspects to one side for now.
No, the reason for this posting is associated with the ability of those who do not drive to be able to access a city like Liverpool from its northern suburbs early on a Sunday morning.
Let’s look at Merseyrail and Maghull to start with. The first train out of Maghull on a Sunday morning is at 8.30am. And if you live north of Ormskirk the Ormskirk – Preston line does not run at all on a Sunday!
Then what about say Lydiate and Arriva buses? Well their first 300 bus on a Sunday to Liverpool is at 08.25am.
But are there any other bus options? Well there’s the No.30/30A bus which starts from Ashworth Hospital. The first bus (30A) on a Sunday runs at 7.22am from Ashworth using Dodds Lane, Moss Lane, Hall Lane, Liverpool Road South. Note it does not serve the north west of Maghull or Lydiate at all. The next bus is a number 30 which starts at 7.43am and covers a similar route although it does call in at Maghull Railway Station at 7.51am some 39 minutes before the first train out of Maghull to Liverpool.
If you need to be in work early on a Sunday and do not have a car or more likely are in a low paid job and can’t afford to run one what are your options if you live in the north west part of Maghull or any part of Lydiate other than a high cost taxi?
PS. I penned this posting before Merseytravel’s Sefton Bus Review proposals were made public just yesterday but I don’t think they change this situation much sadly:-
My last but one posting prior to this one was about the impact of the Sefton Bus Review on the Lydiate and Maghull area.