Weekend Rail Services

Date February 2019

Location City Centre

Timings 24hours

Cost NA

Business Group Welcomes Announcement On Weekend Rail Services

Preston City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) has welcomed the news that disruptive industrial action on Northern Rail train services is to end.

Protracted negotiations between the union and Northern Rail have led to a diminished weekend rail service to and from the city centre, amongst other areas, for several months.

Commenting on the news Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: “Our city centre attracts thousands of visitors a year, and we rely on an efficient and effective transport network to enable shoppers to visit the city.

“Over recent months, although the city centre has continued to perform well, the lack of train services has been noticeable.  We very much look forward to welcoming visitors back from out of town”.

Andrew Stringer, chair of the city’s retail forum said: “We are delighted with the news. Preston is a destination that offers a fantastic experience 7 days a week and the transport links to the city play a key part in its continued success.

“The resumption of a standard rail timetable will allow visitors to travel more easily, to enjoy a day out shopping, dining and socialising.”

The BID’s host organisation, the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, recently published a letter it sent to the Secretary of State for Transport asking him to intervene and bring the negotiations to a positive conclusion. They also called on MP’s from Preston and the surrounding area to support their campaign for a resolution.

Weekend train services are expected to return to normal from Saturday 16th February.


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