When I looked into the details of the new schedules, however, I was startled and disappointed to discover that the timetable for trains at Huyton is exactly the same as the old one. Was I wrong to expect an "electric" timetable this time?
What we have is a timetable up to 14 May 2016 in which all the trains are still timed for diesel units, running exactly the same service as they do now.
As expected, on Mondays to Saturdays Liverpool/Blackpool services are truncated at Preston, just as they will be in the current timetable from 5 October. (A few daily peak hour trains, and all the Sunday services work through.)
The small print: As I always say in posts about new timetables, the data is well outside the twelve week limit and so must be considered provisional.