Liverpool John Lennon Airport in the UK is confident that a new rail service across the Pennine Mountains will boost its appeal to the population of West and North Yorkshire.
First TransPennine Express trains now link nearby Liverpool South Parkway station with the Yorkshire cities of Scarborough, York, Leeds and Huddersfield.
The station itself is linked by a dedicated airport bus link every 20 minutes, which operates door-t-door, taking passengers direct from the station entrance to the front of the airport terminal in just ten minutes.
Robin Tudor, head of public relations for Peel Airports, owners of Liverpool John Lennon, says: “This new service is yet another piece of the jigsaw for the airport, opening up public transport access to the gateway from parts of the North of England not previously served before.
“Passengers will now be able to access the airport by train from a far wider catchment, to take advantage of its wide choice of destinations and great value fares.”
Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel, adds: “Liverpool South Parkway has proved to be a major success and continues to grow as a major interchange. It mirrors the success of Merseyrail as one of the best performing rail networks in the country.”
Northern Rail, London Midland and East Midlands Trains services also call at the station bringing passengers from across the region to the airport.
Our picture shows Tudor marshalling in the First TransPennine Express train ‘airport style’ at Liverpool South Parkway, accompanied by Jim Barclay, Merseytravel’s director of resources and Liz Collins, First TransPennine Express’ finance director.