Hourly Liverpool – Cheshire services to return next week

February 9, 2024 | by magnews24.com

From next Monday, 12 February, there will once again be hourly train services between and via , , and , with extra services set to be introduced by (TfW).

From the same date, services will increase to 15 services in each direction, giving a total of 30 a day.

As well as the increased services, they will be operated by brand-new Class 197 trains that have better customer facilities than the existing ones. The increased services will also improve the region’s connectivity.

Transport for Wales Class 197 train
Transport for Class 197 trains // Credit: Transport for Wales

The new trains have been assembled by Spanish firm Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles () at their factory at Newport in South Wales.

Lee Waters, the Deputy Minister for Climate Change with responsibility for Transport, said: “This is great news. These new trains will provide a much-improved passenger experience with more regular services on modern comfortable trains, encouraging more people to leave the car at home and let the train take the strain.”

Transport for Wales Class 197 on test
Transport for Wales Class 197 on test. // Credit: Rail Operating Group

Jan Chaudhry van der Velde, Transport for Wales Chief Operating Officer said: “More deliveries of our brand-new trains mean we are now in a position to reinstate the hourly service between Chester and Liverpool via Frodsham and Runcorn.

“Services on this route were first launched in 2019, and provide good connectivity with Liverpool John Lennon Airport via the station call at .

“The investment in new trains, built at manufacturer CAF’s factory in Newport South Wales, reflects part of an ongoing £800m transformation of the network.”

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