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Electric trains to be introduced on Liverpool to Preston line – but direct services to Blackpool to change

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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.

 

A record £6 million is expected to be spent at Liverpool ONE in the first weekend of sale shopping starting, Boxing Day. These figures, which represent a 16% increase compared to the same period last year, will make it the most successful Boxing Day since the retail and leisure complex opened in 2008. More than 50% will be spent on clothing and footwear and a further £220k will be spent on toys – in one day alone.

With almost one million people expected to visit between now and early January, Liverpool ONE is set to maintain a healthy 5% increase in visitor numbers compared to the same time last year. Gift card sales have grown by 16% with almost £1,000,000 sold for Christmas alone – much of which will be spent in the New Year. Liverpool ONE has enjoyed a large number of individual successes during the year too, with more than 20 new stores launching, including many higher end retailers, such as Michael Kors at Peter’s Lane. Ted Baker London and Coast have both up-sized to larger stores and Zara chose Liverpool ONE as the destination for its North West flagship store. Toys R Us and the Samsung Experience Store have also opened.

Estate director at Liverpool ONE, Chris Bliss, said: “We are delighted with this continuing success at Liverpool ONE. “We experienced a very strong first half of the year and this trend has continued right through Christmas. “These are significant increases when we look at the same period last year and we are confident growth will continue into 2015.“ “We put a large amount of our great success story down to shoppers not just visiting simply to enjoy the fantastic and varied offer from our retailers but coming for the whole Liverpool ONE experience.

“Our restaurant offer has increased this year with new names including Cote, Tortilla, Bill’s, Ed’s Diner and Manzo driving a growth in restaurant sales of 8% and firmly establishing Liverpool ONE as the number one leisure destination for the north. “The success of Liverpool ONE’s offer throughout the year, including the popular Ice Festival which is here until January 4th, affirm Liverpool ONE’s stance as a unique destination to both shop and enjoy quality time with friends and family and these are all factors in our great success story.“