From 20 May 2018, TransPennine Express (TPE) trains will begin calling at Lea Green and Newton-le-Willows stations for the first time and journeys to both Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street will be nearly ten minutes faster.
The changes are being made as part of a transformational timetable change, making it even easier for people to get to work or plan a day out or weekend away with friends or family.
Customers will gain direct connections to towns and cities in Yorkshire and the North East including Huddersfield, Leeds, York, Scarborough, Durham and Newcastle, bringing the North closer together.
TPE run modern intercity trains which have recently received a £32million transformation to like-new standards including high-quality seating and carpets, charging and USB points, fast free Wi-Fi in both standard and first class plus access to free entertainment system, Exstream.
The train company is delivering an investment of £500million over the next two years in improvements including brand new state of the art trains, the first of which, Nova 3, will start to be introduced on the route between Liverpool and Manchester later this year.
Jerry Farquharson, Service Planning Director for TransPennine Express commented: “We are thrilled to welcome both Lea Green and Newton-le-Willows to our network as part of our transformational timetable change which will really benefit communities across the North. Improved connectivity really does have a positive impact on our customers, whether travelling for business or pleasure. Customers will get to travel on our modern, full upgraded trains with free Wi-Fi, plug sockets and entertainment system Exstream and will be amongst some of the first people to travel on our brand new Nova 3 trains.”
Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said: “Improving connectivity, both physical and digital, is one of the ways in which we will achieve transformational change which benefits everyone in the Liverpool City Region. The addition of Lea Green and Newton-le-Willows to the network is not just good news for local residents, but for St Helens and the city region as a whole, as better transport connections and reduced journey times between Liverpool and Manchester are good news for all of us.”
Marie Rimmer MP, CBE, commenting on the launch of TransPennine Express’s Liverpool to Scarborough service calling at Lea Green, said: “The new Liverpool to Scarborough service stop in Lea Green, beginning on 20th May, will provide vital improved connections and reduced travelling times not only to Scarborough, but to Liverpool, Manchester and beyond for my constituents. I have no doubt it will bring economic benefits for our area, which will increase when the next phase of the service begins from Liverpool to Glasgow Central, calling at St Helens Central, from December.”
St Helens Council Leader Derek Long said: “The railways were born in our borough. As a railway man’s son, I’m delighted that St Helens residents will soon benefit from these modern services that will connect St Helens to some of the biggest cities in the country. Joining this new rail route is yet another example of how the borough is moving forward into a better future.”
Full details of all train times and fares can be found on line at www.tpexpress.co.uk