Electric trains to be introduced on Liverpool to Preston line – but direct services to Blackpool to change
The direct train service between Liverpool and Blackpool is set to be cut next month.
Northern Rail is introducing electric trains between Lime Street and Preston following the introduction of an electrified line.
But the trains won’t be able to continue to Blackpool because that stretch of the line is not yet electrified.
Passengers wishing to continue their journey to Blackpool will need to do so by diesel rail.
Northern Rail say there will remain some direct diesel services to Blackpool on a reduced basis but that, overall, there will be more services following the introduction of the electrified track.
Joselyn Rankin, of Northern Rail said: “The people of Liverpool will have better trains running north with the introduction of the electric.
“The introduction of these larger, four-carriage trains will increase Northern’s total capacity by an estimated 4.8m and are more environmentally friendly than their diesel predecessors.”
She said: “The change will only affect the passengers who continue their journey beyond Preston, which at the moment is only 10%. But those who do will be able to use the diesel direct or take an electric train to Preston and continue their journey on a diesel.
“There will still be the hourly through service between Liverpool and Blackpool on Sundays.”
There are some services already operated by electrics in the area. The half-hourly stopping service between Liverpool and Wigan on weekdays is operated by a Class 319 electric train.