Who are we?
The Ormskirk, Preston and Southport Travellers' Association - OPSTA - is the rail user group for West Lancashire's railways using the traditional boundaries described by Preston, Wigan and Liverpool.

We are a non political group that campaigns for the retention, improvement and development of the railway links between Liverpool and Preston via Ormskirk, and from Southport and Kirkby to Manchester via Wigan. 

If you find that we share common aims please join us or follow us here and on twitter @opsta15. Don't hesitate from contacting us with a query, suggestion or feedback.








Fare Collection -
Rail users can assist by emailing their observations and experiences to opstafare@gmail.com.


Train Timetables from December 2018 - see www.northernrailway.co.uk/travel/timetables  
You are always advised to check online before travel

 


 


Since the last updates OPSTA has held ongoing dialogue with Northern at all levels up to Regional Director West and Central.

Route and Campaign Updates



MANCHESTER RAIL SERVICES UPDATE - APRIL

Current Service Issues

- Insufficient diesel units: short forming should have been resolved by now but continues as has cancellation of Southport services with short turning a common operational practise. Northern has admitted it is many units below the required complement and has enacted a recovery plan but it may be the end of the month before the shortfall is addressed. Moreover, we have been unable to get an update from Northern since 2nd April.

- Sunday services: we had secured agreement that Southport – Wigan services should not be cancelled due to staffing issues and now Northern has introduced a temporary timetable reducing services elsewhere that will protect our hourly service and avoid the weekly uncertainty of late notice cancellations,

Timetable Change May 19th

There will be one change on this line, an extra evening service departing Piccadilly at 1918 with the 1926 Victoria departure terminating at Wigan.

Timetable Changes proposed for December

Northern has confirmed it has bid for a weekday, hourly Southport - Manchester Piccadilly service in December, which would be achieved by extending all Wigan - Alderley Edge services out to Southport as done in the morning and evening peaks.

The bid included services calling at all Manchester stations along the Castlefield corridor but the outcome is far from certain given the process is at the validation stage with Network Rail and there will be many timetable iterations through the summer,

At this point Northern has not proposed a Sunday service to the south side of Manchester.

OPSTA is seeking a net increase in the number of services including enhancement of peak services for
both Victoria and Piccadilly, and retention of seven Victoria services gained last May.

More will be known following a Northern presentation on 1st May.