Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Passenger Service Next Week?

The test runs were successful on Monday night, and another test run, which included the Earlestown West curve and a run to Warrington Bank Quay, took place on Tuesday night.

The general consensus seems to be that we can expect the first passenger-carrying 319 to be the 06:16 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport on Monday 2 March.

The following services are expected to be usually worked by 319s on Mondays to Fridays up until the May timetable change, when more will be introduced:

The 0616, 0716, 0916, 1215, 1416, 1516 1713 and 1814 from Lime Street,
and the 0735, 0840, 1040, 1340, 1540, 1640, 1840 and 1940 from Manchester Airport.

Update:  The rumour mill now seems to think Monday is off due to last minute paperwork problems;  maybe Thursday instead?


  1. I've heard on the forums that they won't be starting next Monday.

    Still nothing more confirmed yet though.

  2. I was talking to a guard on the train from Manchester tonight who told me that electric services are now likely to start next Thursday.

  3. Just heard on Skyscrapercity that electric services are now likely to start tomorrow.

  4. Looks like it won't be happening tomorrow now, or maybe even Thursday for that matter.

  5. Word is that the paperwork is now done.