Your say on rail service changes

    Survey and May 2018 Timetable Consultation Response

    When Northern published its proposed timetables for the major service changes that will be implemented in May 2018 and commenced what in effect was a closed industry consultation it was agreed (at our insistence that OPSTA and the Southport Rail Transport Forum should engage with the travelling public and compile a response to be submitted to Northern and transport authorities for consideration.

    We have conducted a full online passenger survey and augmented this with additional travel pattern data and comment from further travel census checks conducted on platform and trains for various morning services.
     
    We had a strong response and the survey is now closed, however, we still need passenger opinions and travel requirements which should be sent to opstasurveys@gmail.com.

    Consequently the recommendations and requests stated below and in the 4 page submission are based on our examination of the timetables, all of the previously shared research and analysis, and the feedback from over 250 rail users on the proposed services.

    Read the full online survey report which was appended to the consultation response and will also inform the business case to be made for restoration of a full service to Manchester south.

    Added to that we have received a number of comments from businesses in Southport who believe that these changes if they become
    permanent will have a severe detrimental effect on the Southport economy, which is already facing serious challenges. These are recorded in Appendix 5.

     
    Recommendations in Consultation Response

    The rationale and justification for the following recommendations is summarised in the 4 page consultation response.

    It is recommended that:

    1. Alderley Edge (Piccadilly) services go to Wigan Wallgate not North Western.

    2. 1 train per hour is routed via Bolton.

    3. Piccadilly services call at Deansgate in both directions.

    4. An additional commuting service goes to Piccadilly in the morning (ideally 08.xx out of Southport) and from Piccadilly at around 16.15

    5. All services call at Meols Cop and Hindley

    6. There is a direct airport service on a Sunday.

    It is also requested that serious consideration be given to:

    7. Providing one additional commuter service to and from Victoria in the weekday peak.

    8. More Sunday services and a service for Bescar Lane and New Lane.