We hear that, subject to funding, the Merseyrail service from Chester to Liverpool is to be doubled from next December to one every 15 minutes. Quite amazing when you remember that 30 years ago it was an hourly 2-coach diesel shuttle to Rock Ferry to connect with the Merseyrail, then called Merseyfail as it broke down so often.
Now Merseyrail is just about the most reliable service in the country despite the trains being over 30 years old, and it’s going from strength to strength. They even have customer information displays, help points and ticket machines on all their Wirral Line stations, something we don’t have on even our busiest Mid-Cheshire Line stations.
Little birdies tell us that Merseyrail are getting three more 3-car electric units to help them cope with the extra demand, these being the 30+ year old class 508 units recently withdrawn by London Overground from their Euston to Watford services where they have been replaced with brand new class 378s.
Well done, Merseyrail! How about also starting your Sunday service to Chester 15 minutes earlier, so it connects into the first train from Chester up our line, rather that just missing it? Our following train is 2 hours later. This way eco-friendly Sunday trips to places like Delamere Forest and Knutsford for Tatton Park could become a reality for Wirralites.