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Improved Train Services Between Liverpool, Chester And Ellesmere Port May 21, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in News, Travel.
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Train times for passengers travelling from and to Chester and Ellesmere Port change and Merseyrail is running more 6-car trains to increase capacity. The changes are a result of Merseyrail’s improvement plan to create a more robust and reliable service on the Chester line based on passenger feed back.

The new service pattern means that Merseyrail trains from Chester now depart on the hour and on the half hour (at ’00 and ’30) towards Liverpool throughout the day. Departures from Ellesmere Port to Liverpool are at ’19 and ‘49 minutes past the hour throughout the day.

During the morning and evening peaks additional trains will run from Chester and Ellesmere Port creating a 4 trains per hour service for commuters to/from Liverpool during the peaks. This is unchanged from the current frequencies during the peaks.

The changes create more recovery time during the morning and evening peaks leading to better punctuality and reliability of the service. This announcement coincides with the re-opening of the front entrance of James Street Station after an intense programme of refurbishment.

In response to growing numbers of passengers and in partnership with Merseytravel, more of the trains from Chester in the morning peak and to Chester in the evening peak will consist of 6-cars. This also applies to Saturdays when many Chester services will be formed of 6-car trains.

Bart Schmeink, Merseyrail’s Managing Director said: “Passengers on the Chester line have given us a loud and clear message. And I agree with them; I want their trains to be as punctual and reliable as the rest of the Merseyrail network. Together with Merseytravel we have been able to respond quickly. The changes won’t just benefit Chester; they will also benefit all passengers travelling from and to South Wirral stations as there will be more 6-car trains for them as a result”.

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