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Rail Service changes in July and August: Writing mid-June, the emergency service, with several trains to and from Blackburn missing, is running reasonably reliably. If you can though check for Live Departures a couple of hours before you want to travel, leaving Parbold (or PBL). You may feel you would be better going half an hour earlier than you planned! The Rufford line is likely to remain with a very restricted service to the end of July.

At weekends until August 19th there will be no trains beyond Wigan Wallgate apart perhaps for some running to Manchester via Eccles without having to cross to Wigan NW. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend there will be no trains beyond Milton Keynes.

Rail Service changes in June 2018: By the time this is circulated regular travellers will have learnt how to cope as best they can with the new timetable, but occasional travellers need to check all their departure times and onward connections. The new hourly service from Ormskirk to Preston may be useful for some who have access to a car to catch the trains at 11 minutes past the hour from Rufford, returning at 26 minutes past the hour from Preston.

For day trips to Glasgow in particular this is easier than travelling via Wigan.

Rail Service changes in May 2018: New services start on May 20th which will be welcome to those who travel to Victoria and on through Rochdale to Brighouse or Burnley, with an hourly service to each. Mostly trains run through Parbold within a few minutes of current timings. Two morning services will differ in going through Oxford Road to Stockport and three evening ones will return from there. Otherwise Oxford Road and beyond will require a quick change at Salford Crescent - not good for commuters or users of Piccadilly for long distance travel. Trans Pennine trains will no longer stop at Wigan, again involving an extra change, at Preston, for some journeys. Overall though those heading for the Cumberland Coast, Motherwell or Northampton are better served!

Rail Service changes in April 2018: Our Weekend services will again not run beyond Wallgate except maybe for some which (as in March) run non-stop to Deansgate and onward - and there will be other connections from Wigan NW to Manchester. Weekend services beyond Carlisle will also suffer major disruption with many substituted by buses. In both cases details will be very last-minute. Also beyond Victoria to Stalybridge will be closed from April 14th to the 29th incl. CHECK TIMES BEFORE TRAVELLING and also for further STRIKES.

Rail Service changes in March 2018: Major problems in the electrification of the route through Bolton mean Salford Crescent is expected to be needed for works access at weekends until July 1st. Our services to Piccadilly will run via Chat Moss with Deansgate the first stop after Wigan, with some changes to departure times and terminating at Piccadilly. Our Victoria trains will not run beyond Wigan, again with some changes in timings - for Victoria it will best to use the tram from Deansgate. CHECK TIMES BEFORE TRAVELLING and with another STRIKE on Saturday March 3rd there will be further service reductions then.

Rail Service changes in February 2018: The only planned changes for us are Sunday trains travelling via Atherton on the 4th and 11th and also by-passing Bolton on the 25th. From Wigan NW there will be service changes in the morning on Sunday 4th.

For Liverpool our new bus service to Ormskirk can be used: 7.33, 10.08 and 12.13 Mon- Fri. returning at 1613 and 1843 and at 8.08, 10.08 and 12.13 Sat. returning at 14.53, 16.53 and 18.53.


By Bus.

The bus stations in the town centres of Ormskirk and Skelmersdale provide a base for local bus services which link the two towns and many of the rural villages including Parbold. Bus links are also provided to Liverpool, Wigan, Southport, Preston and other towns. For up-to-the minute travel information call the travel line on 0870 6082 608 or visit the Lancashire County Council website.

By Car

There are excellent road links with the rest of the North West region and ample car parking is available throughout the borough. The M58 runs through the heart of Skelmersdale, linking directly with the M6 at Junction 26 in Wigan and the Liverpool M57 motorway. Ormskirk is at the junction of two major trunk roads - the A59 Liverpool to Preston road and the A570 Southport to St. Helens which links with the A580 Liverpool to Manchester road.

By Train

Ormskirk, Burscough and Rufford are on the Preston to Liverpool Central Line. Bescar Lane, New Lane, Burscough Bridge, Hoscar, Parbold and Appley Bridge are on the Southport/Wigan line while Up Holland station is on the Liverpool/Wigan line. 

For local rail information visit the West Lancashire Community Rail Group website
For train times visit

By Bike

Being a smallish village, there is not much cycling space within Parbold itself, and the roads are pretty narrow. However we do get many cycle parties flying through on evenings and weekends, especially in the spring and summer. Obviously the success of Bradley Wiggins, who is often seen cycling around the area has grown the passion for cycling and we are seeing more enthusiasts around the village. You can find local cycle routes of nearby areas here. Cycling in West Lancashire

By Air

Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool airports are all within 1 hrs drive to Parbold village. Please check local airports for further information.

For helpful information about Manchester Airport visit their Manchester Airport Guide at:

For helpful information on Liverpool Airport visit


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