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.

Our next open meeting will be on November 22nd at the Community Fire Station in Southport.

Non members welcome, doors open at 19.00 and the meeting will start promptly at 19.30. Please contact us if you are interested in attending and would like to see the agenda but rest assured we will cover all of the matters on the centre panel.

Fare Collection - Rail users can assist by emailing their observations and experiences to opstafare@gmail.com.

Train Timetables from October 2017 (to follow)

Ormskirk-Preston times shown here are still correct and keep checking the rail websites for information on further Sunday services

Southport & Kirkby-Manchester with the operator forced to run under temporary and emergency timetables at present this link has been removed for the time being and you are advised to check the rail websites



Southport – Manchester Services Proposed from May 2018

News at 20/11/17. Finalisation of next year's timetable has been delayed again and is now December. As it stands the best we will get is two commuter services to Piccadilly and with the many issues facing the industry it could be worse than this!

We were told to expect the final response in September but it seems the industry process for agreeing all timetable changes is proving to be very challenging.

Headlines on the proposed timetable and routing

Although there is no through service to Manchester Airport this is a change to the franchise bid that had no direct services to the south side of Manchester from Southport or Wigan via Bolton.

Monday-Saturday: there will be a direct service from Wigan North Western calling at Hindley, Westhoughton and Bolton to Manchester Piccadilly. Two of these services will start from Southport (departing 6.17 and 7.17) and go via Wigan Wallgate. In the evening the 17.15 and 18.15 departures from Piccadilly will run full line-of-route to Southport.

Deansgate: due to scheduling contention on the busy corridor to Piccadilly the calling pattern is under review for all of the above services.

All other Southport services will go to Victoria. There will be 2 trains per hour during the daytime.

Sunday: all services will go Victoria.

Ormskirk-Preston Services

Northern has confirmed it will increase Monday - Saturday services to 17 a day between Preston and Ormskirk thus delivering an hourly,  timetable from May 2018.

The first service will leave Preston at 06.26 then at the same time past each hour until 22.36. Duration of the southbound journey is 30 minutes.

The first service from Ormskirk will depart at 07.01 and then at the same time past each hour until 23.01. The north bound journey is scheduled to take 31 minutes.

The train for Ormskirk will be the unit that has arrived from Colne and the train to Preston will form a Blackpool South service. Although they may not be shown in the timetable as such, it will give us through services that should reduce journey times considerably for many passengers in one direction.

Still no Sunday service - we continue to press (see above for detail of one off services).

OPSTA consulted with Edge Hill University and Merseytravel before making our response to Northern’s consultation on the timetable changes proposed. Further feedback is welcome. Please e mail opstasurveys@gmail.com or use the contact details provided.