Northern announce changes to train timetables with new Greater Manchester service and more Airport capacity

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Services around Greater Manchester will be impacted by changes from June.

Northern Trains has announced the changes to its timetables ahead of national alterations from June 2. Several changes to routes around Greater Manchester have been confirmed by the rail company.

Northern have said that most of the services across their network will be unaffected. However, a small number have been re-timed and there are “a handful” of changes across the network. 

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Services through to Manchester Airport from Liverpool Lime Street will see an increased capacity with more carriages available on the route. In addition to this, Sunday services between Buxton and Manchester Piccadilly will make additional calls at Heaton Chapel and Levenshulme. 

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Northern train at platform

Northern has also announced that from next month, an additional Saturday service will be introduced. The service will go from Rochdale and link Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester and Salford with the Yorkshire Dales via Clitheroe. 

This route is hoped to operate twice a day as follows according to the train operator: 

  • extension of the 7.52am and 2.52pm Rochdale – Blackburn services to Ribblehead via Clitheroe and Hellifield.
  • extension of the 12.18pm and 7.18pm Blackburn – Rochdale services to start back from Ribblehead 

Matt Rice, the new chief operating officer at Northern, said: “We’re all set for the new timetable next month. The vast majority of services are unaffected by the change, but there are a small number of services that have been re-timed. Customers should use the ‘Check My Timetable’ tool on the website to see the changes that affect their local station.”

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