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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Ormskirk’s Station where Merseyrail and Norther trains meet
Whilst as I wrote this posting the final confirmation was still yet to appear on Network Rail’s online timetables my reliable information is that on Sundays 1st, 8th & 22nd of October the Ormskirk – Preston railway line will see trains operating.
The plan, I am told, is to operate six round trips between Preston and Ormskirk to the timetable below, including calls at all stations (Burscough Junction, Rufford & Croston) in both directions.
It’s possible that this timetable may change slightly. I also understand that there will be a replacement bus service for the Merseyrail service between Ormskirk and Liverpool on October 15th, that’s why there’s looks to be no Sunday service on the Ormskirk – Preston Line.
Why on earth this positive move was not released to the public weeks ago beats me. The cause of this change is the blockading of trains at Liverpool’s Lime Street Station which is in effect being all but closed in this period for a major upgrade by Network Rail.
The Ormskirk – Preston line rarely has a Sunday service (yes I know it’s 2017 and this is ridiculous), in fact it only has a Sunday Service each year on the day of Ormskirk Motorfest. So this move not will only assist travellers trying to get to and from Liverpool from the north/Scotland on these Sundays but it will also help locals move around too, not least Ormskirk’s large student community.
If I get any further updates I will post again. Here’s what I understand to be the proposed timetable for these 3 Sundays, but please check before travelling:-
Click on the draft timetable to enlarge it please and do check with TrainLine or another on-line timetable provider for up to date information prior to travelling.
My thanks to Alan for the lead to this posting.