Campaign for retention of direct services to the south side of Manchester
SIMPLE ACTION NOW
With colleagues whose constituencies are along our line, your
MP will be meeting with the new Rail Minister, North West MP Paul Maynard on 5th
To support them and our cause Lisa Nandy Wigan MP has set
up a 38 degrees online petition in order to demonstrate how many members of the
travelling public will be adversely affected.
If you have not already signed it this is an important
action to take and very simply
Make Your Voice Heard.
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.
breakthrough yet but a meeting on August 2nd with Northern and Rail
North hopefully marked the start of constructive and meaningful dialogue with
the right people. We are getting a hearing and the evidence collated from
counts and surveys plus the communication from passengers has made an
face many rail issues and constraints that make timetable planning challenging
(don’t read as misplaced sympathy) but maintain “within this process
opportunities for providing a through service from the Southport line to south
Manchester were being sought”.
can get a positive outcome with a political will, notably within the Department
for Transport - all 5 MPs with constituencies along the line from Southport to
Bolton West are raising this issue with rail ministers.
What next? Northern /Rail North
has asked us to work with them on a further passenger survey in late September/
early October to build on our previous work and establish by post code the
precise location passengers are travelling to, eg place of work. There are many
views that can be taken on this, but we have agreed because we are confident it
will prove our case and if it helps build credibility then it will be a
constructive step - we again ask for your support.
What can you do? While both Lancashire County Council and
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority have stated their support for
retaining the service, TfGM remains uncommitted.
You may wish to help them “conduct their further research on end destinations”
by sending your travel need with post code and name of your workplace to email@example.com and please copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And we welcome your comment and critical
feedback on the campaign through by e mail or the established social media: facebook: southportrailtransportforum
Twitter @opsta15 or
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 29th August) 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 email@example.com.