09 Apr 2018
As part of the Great Northern Rail Project (GNRP), TransPennine Express is changing the route to services from May, in a bid to speed up journeys from Liverpool to Manchester and link St Helens to Yorkshire cities such as Leeds and York.
The changes will come into effect from 20th May 2018 and will see TransPennine Express trains from Liverpool to Manchester running on a route via Newton-Le-Willows and Lea Green.
The route changes will cut the journey time down to 35 minutes from the current 52 between Liverpool and Manchester, allowing for faster commute times for passengers.
St Helens rail passengers will be able to get on services that will link them directly to towns and cities in the North East, including Huddersfield, Leeds, York, Scarborough, Durham and Newcastle.
Leo Goodwin, Managing Director at TransPennine Express said: “This is one of the biggest timetable changes the North has seen and will deliver real benefits for those travelling for work or leisure.
“Customers in this part of the world are already benefitting from a £32million overhaul of our train fleet to like-new standard with the on-board experience having been totally transformed.
“The upgrade features new high-quality seating and carpets, charging points, fast, free wi-fi in both standard and first class plus access to free entertainment system, Exstream.
“We are delivering an investment of more than £500million across our network including brand new five carriage Nova 3 trains which will start running to and from Liverpool from this autumn.”