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

 


 


Following the BBC News coverage, OPSTA has been involved in the filming of a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary due for screening on 11th Feb.

OPSTA's next open meeting will be on February 20th at the Croston Methodist hall (all welcome)


Route and Campaign Updates

Preston - Ormskirk (update 14/1/19)

Northern returned to operating full train services again on Preston - Ormskirk with the December timetable change, however, there were still too many cancellations and delays up to Xmas.

OPSTA continued to press Northern on why the service has been so abysmal and what steps they were taking to improve. We have been clear that being treated as the lowest priority line is not acceptable. (In the Summer the users of the Lakes Line would not accept a full time replacement bus service and now they are promised brand new trains.) 

OPSTA had a constructive and useful meeting with Northern on 20th December. The performance improvement manager evidenced a number of actions she had initiated which led us to the conclusion that the situation could improve for more and better reasons than the Autumn leaf fall problem will eventually pass.

On the same day, a BBC news team filmed and interviewed OPSTA and passengers at Croston and Ormskirk, and we made the national evening news the next day. This publicity and other actions taken including the Save Our Service campaign has made an impact.

It is still very early days, however, new year has seen vastly improved reliability and punctuality on weekday services (Mondays-Fridays).
Still no services on a Saturday due to industrial action and Northern elect not to run any service on the line.

We continue to monitor all services and welcome all passenger feedback and comments. Our next face-to-face dialogue with Northern will be Friday 18th Jan.


 

Southport – Manchester (update 14/1/19)

The December timetable saw the 08.24 Southport departure for Victoria
replaced by a 08.17 departure for Piccadilly. In the evening the existing 16.18
Piccadilly departure was extended from Wigan to Southport with the 16.26
Victoria departure now terminating at Wigan North Western.

 

Southport Manchester working group with
Northern & TFN meets next Monday (21st). An agenda and papers have
been submitted with the aim of getting current services to run better and
securing a plan for getting Piccadilly services restored as part of an overall
improved service pattern that isn’t a trade off with Victoria services.