Northern ready for timetable change next month

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Train operator, Northern, will introduce its new timetable this time next month.  

The new schedules, introduced from Sunday 15 May, will focus on delivering reliability and punctuality for customers. 

On the majority of routes, Northern will maintain service levels established in December last year and some routes will see increased seat capacity and service uplifts.  

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern said: “Customers are at the heart of everything we do, and the new timetables are designed to deliver high levels of reliability.

“We’ve made decisions about our timetables based on the levels of resource we have available and prioritising the routes with the highest customer demand, and which support the region’s economic growth.” 

As part of the new schedule, these are the changes that will be introduced: 

North West   

  • Improved calling patterns at Adlington and Blackrod  
  • Additional services to Blackpool and Cumbria from July  
  • Additional services on the Hope Valley line 
  • Slightly reduced number of services on the Manchester Piccadilly-New Mills Central route 
  • Increased seat capacity on the Settle and Carlisle line   

North East  

  • A small number of services removed on the Whitby – Middlesbrough line  
  • Additional services added between Darlington and Saltburn  


  • Significant uplift on Yorkshire Wolds Coast line, between Bridlington and Hull 
  • Increased seat capacity on the Settle and Carlisle line   
  • A small number of services have been removed on the following routes: 

 – Ilkley – Leeds / Bradford  

– Skipton – Leeds / Bradford  

– York – Harrogate – Leeds  

– Hull – Leeds – Halifax  

– Leeds – Sheffield – Nottingham   

– Leeds – Sheffield via Dearne   

Tricia added: “We fully understand the role we play in keeping people on the move and I am asking our customers to familiarise themselves with the new timetables, and to check carefully before any journeys to ensure their journeys go as smoothly as possible.” 

Full details of the new timetables can be found online via the Northern website or at National Rail Enquiries

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