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 2019 - see www.northernrailway.co.uk/travel/timetables  
You are always advised to check online before travel



What may happen to the Northern franchise?  see BBC business news report

Have a look at and take our latest passenger survey for users of the Preston - Ormskirk - Liverpool services (see top bar)


No rail services between Southport and Parbold on 16-20th November - see here

Current Service Issues

- Insufficient diesel units: short forming should have been resolved by now but continues as has cancellation of Southport services. We continue to press.

- Sunday services: we secured agreement that Southport – Wigan services should not be cancelled due to staffing issues and Northern has been protecting our hourly service and avoided the weekly uncertainty of late notice cancellations.

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.

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