Liverpool Lime Street

There are 1.6million people in Merseyside. The region is a major economic centre for the UK, generating £19billion a year for the British economy. We are ambitious and growing. Yet Liverpool’s train services to the capital are pitifully infrequent.

Liverpool has just one direct train to London every hour, and it’s the same coming the other way.

At the same time, Manchester has three direct trains per hour, and is getting a fourth. Leeds has two direct trains per hour. Birmingham has four direct trains per hour. Newcastle has two direct trains per hour. Stoke-on-Trent has two direct trains per hour.

It is absurd that Liverpool isn’t better serviced by train companies. Passengers travelling from London to our other major cities are able to do so in comfort, whilst those coming to Liverpool often find services packed full, especially during rush hour.

We are campaigning for Virgin Rail to add one extra direct train per hour on its London to Liverpool route.

Take Action

Join us in our campaign for more trains to London!

You can email Tony Collins, Chief Executive of Virgin Trains, at

You can email Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee, at

You can email the Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond MP, at

You can email the Chief Executive of MerseyRail, Neil Scales, at

In your letter to any of the above, you might want to say:

Liverpool sits in the heart of a city region home to 1.6million people. In total the Liverpool City Region accounts for £XXm and XX% of the nation’s GDP.

For the businesses of Merseyside and the people who work in them, Liverpool Lime Street station is the gateway to the rest of the UK, and especially to London.

However, you might be surprised to learn that, at present, there is only one train per hour leaving Liverpool Lime Street heading directly for London.

Compared to other major British cities, this is a poor level of service. Manchester has three trains per hour, and is pressing for a fourth. Birmingham has four trains per hour. Leeds has two trains per hour. Newcastle has two. Even Stoke-on-Trent has two!

And yet Liverpool only has one.

I am writing to you to ask you to do what you can to secure a second hourly service running directly from Liverpool to London. For a city at the heart of one of the UK economy’s major centres, the ability to travel to the capital quickly and in comfort would be a considerable boost to our economy.

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