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.

Liverpool – The trouble getting there early on a Sunday morning

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:-

www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/Pages/Sefton-Bus-Review.aspx

My last but one posting prior to this one was about the impact of the Sefton Bus Review on the Lydiate and Maghull area.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/01/16/sefton-bus-review-the-proposals/