Railways: North West

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve travelling times between Wirral and Manchester.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

As part of the recent timetable introduction the train operators have introduced a number of train service changes to improve journey times between Liverpool and Manchester such as Transpennine Express (TPE) running two ‘fast’ services per hour from Liverpool Lime StreetManchester Victoria providing a journey time of 35 mins rather than the 52 mins of the previous route.

Rail services between the Wirral area and Liverpool are a matter for MerseyTravel as the local authority transport body responsible for MerseyRail.

In regards to bus times from these locations the department doesn’t have any specific data for services running between Wirral and Manchester.

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