Northern Key Worker Timetable from Monday 18 May

Changes will be made to Northern train services from Monday 18 May. These are based around a capacity uplift on some routes (lengthening of train formation), frequency uplift on others whilst a small number of routes will see train service resumptions.

The matrix below shows the detail with any changes compared to the current Key Worker Emergency Timetable highlighted in bold

Service Group Current Key Worker Emergency Timetable From 18 May Primary Traction
Barrow – Manchester Airport Two Hourly Minor change to calling pattern, remains two hourly 3-car 195
Windermere – Manchester Airport Two Hourly Remains two hourly with additional morning and evening Windermere shuttle 3-car 195
Carlisle – Workington Amended service – broadly two hourly Broadly hourly 2-car 156
Barrow – Whitehaven Amended service – broadly two hourly Broadly hourly 2-car 156
Blackpool – Hazel Grove Hourly No change (all strengthened to 6 car) 6-car 331
Preston – Victoria Hourly No change 4-car 319
Liverpool – Oxford Road Hourly (Fast services suspended) Half hourly 3-car 195 or 4-car 15x
Blackpool South – Colne Two Hourly Mix of Hourly/Two Hourly 2-car 15x
Liverpool – Manchester Airport via Newton-le-Willows Hourly No change 3/4 car EMU
Southport – Manchester Oxford Road Hourly (Oxford Road vice Stalybridge) No change 4-car 15x
Stoke – Piccadilly Two Hourly Hourly 3-car 323
Clitheroe – Rochdale Hourly (Suspend Blackburn – Rochdale) No change 3-car 150+153
Wigan – Leeds via Dewsbury Hourly No change 3/4 car 15x
Victoria – Leeds via Bradford Hourly Hourly with a two hourly extension to Chester via Warrington 3/4 car 195
Piccadilly – Chester via Altrincham Two Hourly No change 4-car 15x
Piccadilly – Buxton Hourly (Vice 2tph) Remains hourly with some peak additional 4-car 15x
Piccadilly – Sheffield via New Mills Hourly (Suspend Piccadilly – New Mills) Hourly to Sheffield and every two hours to New Mills 2/4-car 15x
Piccadilly – Hadfield Hourly (Vice half hourly) Improvement to mix of hourly and half hourly 3-car 323
Piccadilly – Rose Hill Hourly (Vice half hourly) No change 2/4-car 15x
Piccadilly – Crewe via Stockport Hourly No change 3/4 car EMU
Liverpool – Wigan Hourly (Vice half hourly) No change 4-car 319
Victoria – Blackburn via Todmorden Three Hourly (Suspend Wigan – Victoria) No change 2-car 15x
Preston – Leeds Two Hourly No change 3-car 195
Manchester Victoria – Kirkby via Atherton No service Hourly 2/4-car 15x
Preston – Ormskirk No service Mix of Hourly/Two Hourly 2-car 15x
Manchester Victoria – Stalybridge No service Hourly 3/4-car 15x
Liverpool – Blackpool No service Mix of Hourly/Two Hourly 3/4-car EMU
Preston – Ormskirk Limited Bus Replacement Service resumes See above
Wigan – Kirkby Limited Bus Replacement Service resumes See above
Lancaster – Morecambe Limited Bus Replacement Continued Bus Replacement Bus

Customers are advised to check journey planners in advance of travel for train timings. For guidance, PDF copies of the timetables can be found here:

We would like to remind that in accordance with current government guidance that the public should avoid using public transport where possible at the current time. Please remember:

1.) Essential travel only

2) Capacity is limited – help us to keep the trains for those who really need them

3.) If your only option is to travel by train, please:

• buy your ticket online
• respect the 2m rule
• follow the instructions at stations and of staff
• use a face covering, if you can
• wash your hands before and after your journey
• take your face covering and litter with you
• allow extra time for your journey

Updated Government advice can be found here:

From a safety perspective I would like to remind you all that the railway will be busier than the previous few weeks with train services being re-established on a number of routes. Customers are therefore requested to be vigilant whenever they are present on railway property.

This data is for your information only as stakeholders and I must ask you NOT to promote this timetable in any way, we will do this in a controlled way with a view to control demand especially during the peaks, because as before it is clearly designed for essential travel only.