As the evenings begin to get darker earlier, it isn’t merely a sign that the festive season is lurking around the corner: it also heralds the start of the new Winter 2010 train timetables from Sunday 12th December. Although there aren’t currently many details of changes to services on the National Rail Enquiries website, the recent GMITA Rail and Metrolink Networks committee meeting produced a report detailing some of the alterations we can expect to see…*
* We’ll do an item on proposed developments beyond the Winter 2010 timetable at a later date – promise!
One weekday train per hour will be diverted to Rose Hill instead of Marple, which will improve the frequency at Rose Hill to two trains per hour during the daytime between the peak periods.
A re-jigging of services on Saturdays will see one early morning journey to Manchester withdrawn, but replaced by an additional service in the mid-morning which should appeal to leisure travellers heading for the city centre.
An earlier journey will be provided on Sunday mornings, calling at all stations between Rochdale and Manchester, to allow passengers to arrive in the city centre before 10am.
Warrington and Liverpool
First TransPennine Express services will stop additionally at Liverpool South Parkway, for connecting bus services to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and into the Merseyrail local rail system. With the existing services of East Midlands Trains and Northern Rail, this will mean all four trains per hour from Oxford Road stop at this station, with two trains an hour from Piccadilly.
Chester and North Wales
The 2032 service from Manchester Airport to Chester will now continue through to Holyhead. It’s not much use as a “boat train” to connect to the Irish ferries, but should offer North Wales business travellers a direct journey home from Manchester Airport.
[Image credit: “Northern Rail 150 268 at Salford Crescent” by Ian Roberts on Flickr]
Are you aware of any other significant changes for December 2010? Drop us a line or leave a message below.