Travelling to Liverpool John Lennon Airport has got easier for rail passengers from West and North Yorkshire as more trains call at Liverpool South Parkway station.
For the first time, trains run by First TransPennine Express link Scarborough, York, Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester direct with the award-winning station.
The station itself is linked by a dedicated airport bus link every 20 minutes, which takes passengers direct from the station entrance to the airport terminal in just ten minutes.
All-in-one discount tickets including rail travel with First TransPennine Express and transfer on the Airlink 501 bus to the airport will be introduced.
With Europe's biggest low-cost airlines helping to make Liverpool John Lennon Airport one of the UK's top 10 busiest airports with direct flights to over 60 destinations, the new integrated rail and bus link journey opportunity is expected to attract passengers from a wide catchment area for travel to and from Europe.
"With direct trains, quick, frequent bus transfer and a choice of low-cost airlines, we're confident that passengers from across the Pennines will appreciate how easy it is to reach the airport. We'll also be offering discount advance purchase rail fares to complete the package," says Leo Goodwin, commercial director for First TransPennine Express.
There will be 16 daily services between Yorkshire and Liverpool, except on Sundays when there will be 14.
Robin Tudor, Head of PR for Peel Airports, owners of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, "This new service is yet another piece of the jigsaw for the Airport, opening up public transport access to the Airport from parts of the North of England not previously served before. Passengers will now be able to access the airport by train from a far wider catchment, to take advantage of its wide choice of destinations and great value fares."
The award-winning station at Liverpool South Parkway includes a single booking and passenger information office and enquiry point for bus, rail and airport journeys, a bus station and taxi rank, and a 240-space park-and-ride car park free to users of the facility.
Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel, said: "Liverpool South Parkway has proved to be a major success and continues to grow as a major interchange. It mirrors the success of Merseyrail as one of the best performing rail networks in the country."
Northern Rail, London Midland and East Midlands Trains services also call at the station, which provides an ideal park and ride starting point for journeys to Manchester and across the northern and UK rail network.
Neil Scales, Merseytravel chief executive added: "Liverpool South Parkway is helping to improve access to the unique attractions of Liverpool and Merseyside, as well as linking people from North and West Yorkshire to international travel via John Lennon Airport."
The station is ideally located just two miles from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which is served by Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe, KLM, Ryanair and Wizz Air.
Advance purchase single tickets from Scarborough will be available for £14.80, from York £10.80, from Leeds £8.80, from Huddersfield £8.80. The tickets include travel by First TransPennine Express trains and the Airlink 501 service to the airport and will be on sale from 2 January 2011.