A new rail service to Liverpool has opened up new a whole new world of travel opportunities for people in North Wales. Network Rail’s upgrade of the Halton Curve track in Cheshire makes access to Liverpool John Lennon Airport so much quicker and easier than before.
The Halton Curve is a short section of railway track which connects the North Wales Coast Line to the West Coast Main Line. It was opened in 1873 to provide a direct link between the industrial areas of north Wales, south Lancashire and Merseyside.
With the decline of heavy industry in the first half of the 20th century, the line saw a reduction in freight traffic, and passenger services were withdrawn in the 1970s.
The first rail services directly linking North Wales, Cheshire and Liverpool have started running for the first time in more than 40 years.
With hourly trains running to Liverpool, North Walians can leave the car at home, jump on a train and travel to John Lennon Airport in less than two hours.
Welsh Government Transport Minister Ken Skates said:
“As a result of the reopening of the Halton Curve Transport for Wales have been able to launch the direct service, providing a major economic boost for the region. “There have always been close links between North Wales and Liverpool, and the new direct train service is great news for both regions. It strengthens links with our cross border neighbours, creating important economic and social opportunities. It is also a boost to the regional tourism sector, attracting more visitors to Wales, and an improved link with John Lennon Airport can only help with this.”
The international airport is ideally situated to the south of the city of Liverpool, just a short bus or taxi ride away from Liverpool South Parkway railway station.
And from there, the possibilities are endless! JLA has a huge range of airlines to choose from including Easyjet and Ryanair, not to mention a vast choice of destinations.
From domestic UK flights to short and long haul flights to far flung destinations, the question is – where will you go next?
The airport’s catchphrase ‘Faster. Easier. Friendlier.’ reflects how effortless it can be when travelling from Liverpool. The airport is quick to get to and flies to more than 70 European destinations including Barcelona, Venice and Ibiza.
From the scenic snowtipped mountains of Switzerland to the fjords of Norway and the beautiful beaches of Bulgaria – it is all on your doorstep.
There are many reasons why people in the North West choose to fly from JLA.
It offers cheap airport parking and boasts some of the shortest queueing times of any airport in the UK.
There’s a number of eateries if you fancy a quick bite before your flight or you can stock up on your holiday essentials in the duty free shop.
Plus, if you want to relax and get into the holiday mood with a cocktail or glass of Champagne, there’s the stylish Aspire premium lounge – the perfect way to start your trip in style.