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Manchester To Liverpool By Train In Half An Hour

Victoria gets a boost of lobscouse energy

Written by . Published on May 21st 2014.


Manchester To Liverpool By Train In Half An Hour
 

SUDDENLY Liverpool and Manchester have got even closer.   

This will mean Liverpool to Manchester in half an hour will become the norm

Train company First TransPennine Express has launched its new timetable, and the train really is taking the strain out of commuting between the two big cities. 

The new, non-stop express between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool will take just 32 minutes. The trains will begin their journeys in Newcastle. The first train will be at 7.35am and then more or less every hour. The last fast train to Liverpool is at 8.35pm – which seems ludicrously early. The last from Liverpool to Manchester is 7.12pm – even more ludicrously early. 

Aside from the premature end to the daily run this is excellent news. It also shows how work to re-jig Victoria into a 21st century station is beginning to bear fruit - the steel framework is already up as this picture shows.   

Up the new Victoria goes

 

Up the new Victoria goes

Later this year competition will increase when the electrification of the original Liverpool to Manchester line (via Rainhill) is completed. 

That will see fast trains linking the two cities using the line made famous by Stephenson‘s Rocket in the 1830s. 

This will mean Liverpool to Manchester in half an hour will become the norm. 

First TransPennine, as part of its expansion, has introduced a new hourly service from Manchester to Scotland.  

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Liverpool To Manchester In 1830 Taking On Stag And Hen Parties In A Country Station

 

Liverpool to Manchester in 1830 taking on stag and hen parties in a country station somewhere near Newton-le-Willows

 

The current Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria with vans backed up

The current Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria: a curious picture from the Confidential archiveHow Victoria will look

How Victoria will look

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Priscilla QueenMay 22nd 2014.

This is great news for commuters to/from Liverpool, but terrible news for those who use the many stations in between who have had trains which they have used for years cancelled or moved to incredibly inconvenient times to accommodate this single service.

AnonymousMay 22nd 2014.

There are also semi-fast trains from Liverpool to Manchester Piccadilly which run earlier and later than the trains quoted in the article above. First train into Manchester arrives 03:38, last train back departs 23:27 (from Oxford Road).

AnonymousMay 22nd 2014.

More late night services would be welcome the last train is 11:30 at best sometimes earlier. It would be great if you could spend an evening in one city and still get the train home to another.

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