Northern Rail introduce temporary timetable changes

Northern has announced a temporary change to its timetable to help reduce last minute cancellations.

From Monday 4 June 6% of daily train services, that’s 165 out of their normal 2,800 daily services, will be temporarily removed, until the end of July.

This interim timetable will enable Northern to start to stabilise service levels over the next few weeks and, importantly, start to reduce the number of last-minute train cancellations.

In the short-term they will be running fewer services, but still more than they did before the May timetable change. We will then get back to a full timetable service by the end of July.

David Brown, Managing Director, Northern said: “We have been experiencing some significant disruption to train services, especially around north Manchester, Bolton, Liverpool, Blackpool and up to the Lake District. I’d like to apologise for this unacceptable situation and for the disruption and inconvenience many passengers have faced. We’re truly sorry for this and are working hard to fix this.

David added: “Again I would like to apologise on behalf of Northern for the unacceptable service many customers have been subject to. We are absolutely committed to resolving the service issues, and the interim plan will help ensure we start to get back on track and start to give customers more certainty around the services we operate.

What areas are affected?

Lakes Line

For an initial period of two weeks, they are removing all services on the Lakes Line to and from Preston, Lancaster and Oxenholme and will, instead, operate a replacement bus service to keep people who live, work and visit the Lake District on the move.


In and around Blackpool they are reducing services between Blackpool South and Preston, Preston and Colne and will remove a small number of off-peak services between Blackpool North and Manchester Airport. Other services between Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly will start/terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.


There will be reductions between Ormskirk and Preston and a small number between Blackburn and Southport via Manchester Victoria, whilst many services on the Lancaster to Morecambe line will be removed.


They have reduced services on the Kirkby to Manchester Victoria line via Wigan, and the number of trains operating each day between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

Liverpool City Region

Additionally, as already extensively communicated, there is a closure of Liverpool Lime Street for two months whilst significant work takes place on resignalling and remodelling of the infrastructure. Northern have reduced services during this interim period as a result of this closure. This will see three trains per hour run between Liverpool and Wigan/Manchester Victoria.

On a number of these routes there will be alternative rail services available, as well as other modes of transport. Where available, rail replacement buses will also operate on affected routes with details provided locally for customers.

Temporary Timetables

  • The 0620 Blackburn to Preston service will not run.
  • The 1019 Blackburn to Preston service will not run.
  • The 1253 Southport to Blackburn service will not run.
  • The 2017 Blackburn to Wigan Wallgate will not run.
  • The 2323 Preston to Blackburn will not run.
  • The 0648 Preston to Leeds service will start at Blackpool North (0612) and call additionally at Poulton-le-Fylde (0617).
  • The 1721 Leeds – Southport service will call additionally at Swinton (1908), Moorside (1911) and Hag Fold (1923).
  • The 2049 Leeds to Preston service is extended to Blackpool North and will call at Poulton-le-Fylde (2307) and Blackpool North (2313).


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