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Northern Rail announces changes to timetable to tackle disruption

David Brown, Managing Director, Northern Credit: Northern

Northern has announced that it will make temporary changes to its timetable to tackle the problem of last minute rail cancellations.

Beginning on Monday, and lasting until the end of July, Northern say they will temporarily remove six percent of their daily train services, which amounts to a hundred and sixty five out of two thousand eight hundred daily services.

The company says that this will enable them to stabilise service levels and start to reduce the number of last minute cancellations, and that though In the short-term they will be running fewer services, it will still be more than before the May timetable change. The full timetable service will resume by the end of July.

What areas are affected?

Lakes Line

For an initial period of two weeks, we 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.

Blackpool

In and around Blackpool we 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.

Lancashire

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.

Manchester

We 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. We 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.

– Northern Statement

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.

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.

– David Brown, Managing Director, Northern

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Northern cancels every train on Lakes Line

All 34 timetabled services have been cancelled. Credit: ITV Border

Northern Rail have cancelled all 34 timetabled services on the Lakes Line, which runs between Oxenholme and Windermere.

This comes after news that the Lakes Line could be out of action for two months, according to local MP Tim Farron.

A replacement bus service is running.

RELATED: Lakes Line services could be suspended for two months

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Northern Rail: 33 cancellations throughout Bank Holiday Monday

Passengers are advised to check before they travel. Credit: PA

Northern Rail says the following services are cancelled today:

  • 05:16 Preston to Carlisle due 09:24
  • 05:59 Cleethorpes to Barton-On-Humber due 06:5
  • 006:05 Hadfield to Manchester Piccadilly due 06:47
  • 06:16 Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street due 08:26
  • 06:16 Hull to Bridlington due 07:01
  • 06:24 Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield due 07:0
  • 506:37 Hadfield to Manchester Piccadilly due 07:19
  • 06:43 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District due 07:03
  • 06:45 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 07:25
  • 06:47 Barrow-In-Furness to Preston due 08:06
  • 06:48 Lancaster to Leeds due 08:43
  • 06:58 Barton-On-Humber to Cleethorpes due 07:52
  • 07:02 Lincoln to Sheffield due 08:20
  • 07:03 Blackpool North to Liverpool Lime Street due 08:28
  • 07:10 Carlisle to Lancaster due 11:07
  • 07:28 Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere due 07:49
  • 07:49 Bridlington to Hull due 08:36
  • 07:50 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 08:38
  • 07:55 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District due 08:15
  • 07:55 Bolton to Manchester Victoria due 08:15
  • 08:27 Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere due 08:47
  • 08:36 Liverpool Lime Street to Blackpool North due 09:51
  • 08:50 Preston to Leeds due 10:43
  • 08:50 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 09:33
  • 08:51 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District due 09:08
  • 09:00 Bolton to Manchester Victoria due 09:20
  • 10:00 Bolton to Manchester Victoria due 10:20
  • 16:20 Manchester Victoria to Buckshaw Parkway due 17:11
  • 17:20 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 18:11
  • 17:20 Manchester Victoria to Buckshaw Parkway due 18:11
  • 18:20 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 19:11
  • 18:20 Manchester Victoria to Buckshaw Parkway due 19:11
  • 19:20 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 20:11

Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

It comes a week after the two Metro mayors for the North West of England demanded that the government take action over "dire" rail services in the region.

Northern Rail said it would like to assure passengers that the company is "doing everything possible" to get services back to an acceptable level after a higher than normal number of cancellations and delays.

Northern Rail: the services cancelled due to 'shortage of train drivers'

People are being advised to check before they travel. Credit: PA

Northern Rail say a number of services have been cancelled today due to a shortage of train drivers.

People are being advised to check before they travel.

Affected services are:

  • 05:19 Blackpool North to Leeds due 07:40
  • 05:39 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport due 07:18
  • 05:42 Manchester Airport to Preston due 06:54
  • 05:45 Manchester Victoria to York due 08:06
  • 06:00 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street due 06:54
  • 06:16 Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street due 08:26
  • 06:21 Preston to Manchester Airport due 07:35
  • 06:23 Manchester Victoria to Leeds due 07:56
  • 06:47 Barrow-In-Furness to Preston due 08:06
  • 07:00 Manchester Victoria to Kirkby due 08:08
  • 07:15 Chester to Stockport due 08:39
  • 07:28 Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe due 09:42
  • 08:15 Kirkby to Manchester Victoria due 09:26
  • 08:18 Leeds to Manchester Victoria due 09:43
  • 09:48 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly due 10:43
  • 23:13 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport due 01:01
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