Liverpool–Manchester lines

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There were four direct railway routes between Liverpool and Manchester in the North West of England, however only two remain, the two centre routes of the four. The most northerly and the most southerly of the four routes are no longer direct lines. Of the remaining two direct routes, the northern route of the two is fully electric with the now southern route a diesel-only line. The most northerly of the four, has been split into two routes, with the western section operated by Merseyrail electric trains and the eastern section by diesel trains, requiring passengers to change trains between the two cities. The fourth route, the most southerly of the four, has been largely abandoned east of Warrington, with the remaining section mostly catering for freight trains.

The remaining two direct routes are:

The northern route runs from Liverpool Lime Street station, via Earlestown and Newton-le-Willows, and continues to either Manchester Victoria or Manchester Piccadilly. The line follows George Stephenson's original 32-mile (51.5 km) Liverpool and Manchester Railway of 1830, which was the world's first inter-city passenger railway and the first to have run 'scheduled' services. Many early steam locomotives were initially used on this line including Stephenson's Rocket, which won the Rainhill Trials in 1829 (see List of Liverpool and Manchester Railway locomotives). The line also includes a number of listed structures including stations and bridges, particularly the Rainhill Skew Bridge and the nine-arch Sankey Viaduct. The line uses Class 319 electric EMU units.

Following completion of electrification in May 2015, services to Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria are now usually operated by Class 319 4-Car Electric Multiple Units (EMUs).

An hourly semi-fast service is operated by Northern, from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport, usually calling at Wavertree Technology Park, St Helens Junction, Newton-le-Willows, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly, and continuing to Manchester Airport.

Northern also operates an hourly service calling at all stations along the line between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Victoria. This 'stopping service' is supplemented by an additional all-stations service between Liverpool Lime Street and Earlestown, which continues along the West Coast Main Line to Warrington Bank Quay.

This page was last edited on 14 May 2018, at 16:40.
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