How do to travel in northern England? For sure, by Train! As there is no such thing as one national railway operation company, there are many private operators that have to serve specific lines. To get from Manchester to Liverpool, and back, I was travelling with the Northern Railway Line by northern electrics. My Northern Line Train with the final station of Liverpool departed at Manchester Piccadilly very close to the City Centre and my Hotel in Town. From there do also the following Trains depart: Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transpennine Express, Virgin Trains and the Northern Line, as well as the free Manchester Bus Lines.
Usually, the Line 16 northern Train runs multiple times a day, from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly Station. However, not ever Train is going the full journey, some start at Liverpool Lime but only operate to Manchester Oxford Road, some start at Warrington Station and go all the way to Manchester Piccadilly. Therefore, you should carefully read the timetable to know what train to take, at what time. You can get the timetables printed at the stations, or online as a pdf document here. Something I was not used to from various train rides in central Europe, may it be in Germany, Italy or the Netherlands, you were always able to check the trains online and know the platform number at least several minutes before departure. Well, the UK seemed like a time travel back in the last century in this case. Platforms are only displayed on one central display, and also just very few seconds before departure. Sometimes trains came up just 3 minutes before departure, that’s way too less! Playing into this adventure of taking a northern rail train from Manchester to Liverpool was, that it was delayed, and I just couldn’t get any information on when it will arrive if I’m able to take the upcoming train with my ticket and so on. Because unfortunately, the platforms for northern line trains to Liverpool, from Manchester Piccadilly, depart at another end at the station, minutes of walking away from the ticket offices. Eventually, the Train arrived, roughly 20 minutes late, and brought me from Manchester to Liverpool in about 1 hour, in the Express Train with fewer stops. Check out the pictures below for an impression of what it is like to travel by train in the UK, from Manchester to Liverpool by northern.