Campaign for retention of direct services to the south side of Manchester
The online petition started by Wigan MP Lisa Nandy in order to demonstrate how many members of the travelling public will be adversely affected is now close to 1400 signatures and remains open so please sign and help the campaign keep the pressure on https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/defend-rail-services-in-to-manchester-piccadilly
Update 5th October
Our MPs met with the new Rail Minister, North West MP Paul Maynard on 6th
September and were encouraged by his understanding of the issues and stated
desire for a workable solution to be found. He commented that the Department
for Transport (DfT) may need to revise its Service Specification (TSR) and
utilisation targets for electrified lines (eg Bolton corridor) in order to
From our work and discussions beforehand with Northern (the train
operator, Arriva Rail North) and Rail North (transport authority) a solution
however, Northern outwardly remains non-committal stating they will review
options with us this month after they have the results and findings from the
passenger survey conducted on 28th September. The research company
has indicated they got a good response (from you) so it should mean that the data we have collated and
presented is verified and supported from an independent source.
Issue and background
Every week day 850 peak period commuters rely on the
threatened service as do hundreds more throughout the day and week!
this point the rail service and timetable planning will result in the Southport
line losing its direct service to Piccadilly and the airport from December 2017.
And we welcome your comment and critical
feedback on the campaign through by e mail to email@example.com or social media:
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. We are members of the West of Lancashire Community Rail Partnership and the One West Lancs Transport group.
If you find that we share common aims
please join us or you can follow us here (last updated on 5th October) and on twitter @opsta15.
Burscough Bridge Ticket Office
The ticket office closed on June 25th and although there is behind-the-scenes work to find a viable way of running it in the future, a solution has not been found
OPSTA will assist and
work constructively with all parties to get a staffed ticket office re-opened,
and if necessary, as looks increasingly likely, we will campaign on this issue
With Northern promising to
increase the number of staffed stations under the new franchise could they
provide some financial support here?
Although it is widely reported that the proposed
and very welcome increase to 17 services a day between Preston and Ormskirk
will deliver an hourly, clockface timetable, we await the detail. Northern has
said timetables are being worked on and indicated this schedule will be
achieved through sharing train unit allocations with other services thus
enabling 2 trains to be running on the line simultaneously and passing on “the
Preston approaches”. Suggestion that our line will become part of a timetabled
through service was denied.
Our surveys clearly show the importance of
getting the times aligned to traveller need especially in the peak periods
which means a more frequent if irregular service that could only be achieved by
a return to units passing at Rufford.
OPSTA has submitted a schedule for consideration.
Rail users can assist
by emailing their observations and experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org.