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Hoping to tap into some local expertise on the subject of railways. While understanding that the line on which Heswall sits is operated by Transport for Wales and not Merseyrail, and realising that changing at Bidston is not the end of the world, how difficult would it be to make the journey from Heswall Hills to Liverpool a direct one with no change? ... See MoreSee Less
I suspect the biggest part of the project would be electrification of the line.
Can someone help me with this . My daughter is at Liverpool Uni but when I visit I want to stay in Heswall , dump the car and travel on public transport . Clearly from the above post, there is not a train direct to the city , so what is the best way . I remember years ago there was a bus that went directly from Heswall , but I’m talking YEARS ago . Ha ha .
I suggest you join the Wrexham Bidston Rail Users Association (who have a Facebook page) to get an informed view on this.
Just let me put my geek hat on.....
The “new” TFW trains promised for next year are ironically old District Line tube trains tarted up & with Ford Transit engines underneath (seriously). If they’d left them as electric trains and electrified the Wrexham line they could run into Liverpool. Or they could’ve just left the electric motors on them and run into Liverpool and used the Transit engines sth of Bidston, but they didn’t.
Next year that line should be 1/2 hourly though which might help a bit.
You cannot go direct on the train.... I used to take it all the time.. it's only 1 change at Bidston.. or you can get the bus direct from Heswall to Liverpool.
Merseyrail units pick up their power from the third rail. This would need to be added beyond Bidston towards Heswall and Wrexham.
This service would be a great asset to Heswall😀
And a station at the bottom of Swan hill in Prenton.
Surely this is a no-brainer.
Since the line's unelectrified, it's not possible with current rolling stock. Merseyrail are planning to fit batteres to their new Class 777 electric trains, so they can run off-grid to Preston and Helsby. If successful, I imagine running to Wrexham could be a possibility.
This is one my biggest gripes!! Merseytravel/rail are too concerned about getting people from Cheshire/Lancs etc into Merseyside than actually people of Merseyside getting around!
The idea has been discussed, especially as TFW have purchased 5 former London underground units (230's) to up the service on the Wrexham to bidston line, currently residing and maintained at Birkenhead maintenance depot. But the idea was quickly dropped as the current merseyrail services that occupy that line from west kirby and new Brighton are on 15 minute services into the underground to Liverpool there wouldn't be enough room on that line to accommodate another service. But the change at bidston shouldn't be too bad when the 230 fleet are introduced on the Wrexham line as they are proposing a half hour service (currently an hour service) which will make the change over time at bidston a little more frequent 👍🏻 hope this helps people
Are there metal sleepers on Bidston Wrexham line ???
Would be great but as there,s no parking, probably a no go
Just a case of proving the business case and then gaining the investment needed to make it happen. Given where HH is you would also need additional parking and a much better link to a bus service. Its a great idea money will be an issue.
Talk with Wrexham Bidston Rail Users' Association 🚂👍🏻