Travel by rail is quicker to Blackpool
RAIL travellers in Blackpool will see quicker services and
changed departure times with the start of a new timetable.
First TransPennine Express (FTPE) and Northern Rail will
introduce the improvements from Sunday 14th December.
Overall journey time improvements from Manchester Airport to
Blackpool will be 10 minutes and to Preston the journey will be cut
by 12 minutes.
FTPE trains will run with fewer stops throughout the day with
journey time savings of around 15 minutes and one evening service
will be 34 minutes quicker from Blackpool to Manchester Airport.
Northern Rail will serve intermediate stations with its new
Manchester Victoria to Blackpool service. The local service will
depart Manchester Victoria at 22 minutes past the hour and
Blackpool North at 20 minutes past the hour.
Vernon Barker, Managing Director for First TransPennine Express,
said: "Working with Northern we have provided a robust timetable
which will reduce the amount of time it takes to travel to and from
Blackpool. We hope that this will make a positive difference to the
majority of passengers who are increasingly using rail to
Heidi Mottram, Managing Director, Northern Rail said: "We are
delighted to work with First TransPennine Express to provide a
better train service for our passengers in Greater Manchester and
Lancashire. These changes are part of our entirely new timetable
for the North West of England, which means new times for 1,300 of
our daily services."
Southbound from Blackpool, the 0744 First TransPennine Express
departure to Manchester Airport is retimed to 0736 and couples at
Preston to a service from Edinburgh. This will provide useful extra
capacity into Manchester with the train calling at Oxford Road at
Heading north, services will depart from Manchester Airport at
29 minutes past the hour, 18 minutes earlier than now and
departures from Piccadilly will be at 46 minutes past the hour.
An eight minute connection will be available at Preston into
northbound Virgin Pendolino London - Glasgow services and a 21
minute connection into services from Birmingham to Scotland.
The new timetable also includes provision for stops in most
services at the proposed new station at Buckshaw Village,
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