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The Travelling Public Speak

Between 13th and 21st July Northern Rail ran trains to an hourly timetable between Ormskirk and Preston and through to Blackpool as a contingency service while the West Coast Main Line was closed for engineering works.

As part of its ongoing campaign for improved rail services, members of the Ormskirk, Preston and Southport Travellers Association (OPSTA) rode on many of the trains in order to obtain information from passengers on their travel patterns and requirements.

Over 380 survey forms were completed which supported some important conclusions including:

– a need for a regular, hourly service with attention to the timing and frequency during commuting hours, and onward journey connections.

– travellers also require a 7 day service, with trains on a Sunday and running later in the evening.

Alan Fantom, Chairman OPSTA commented, “the response from passengers was tremendous and demonstrated how much the public need and want to use a better train service. We are already working with the West of Lancashire Community Rail Partnership, transport authorities and Northern Rail, who we know will consider improvements that may be feasible. Understandably, they will always point out the real cost and operational constraints this line operates under. Nevertheless, using the survey results as evidence and with the continued, vociferous support of the travelling public, we will press the case for what we believe are essential and financially justifiable improvements”.

If you wish to know more about the survey findings or OPSTA please visit or call 01704 546121.

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