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December 2022 timetable - Manchester Recovery Task Force

The Department for Transport (DfT), Network Rail, Transport for the North and train operators (including Northern) have been working together to improve the reliability of rail services in Manchester and the North West. This area of the rail network has become very busy over several years. And the infrastructure - including tracks and junctions – has not been able to cope. This has meant delays for customers.

To provide a more reliable service for customers, a new timetable has been developed. This timetable will start in December and aims to increase public confidence that trains will arrive and depart on time. Where possible, train times are more regularly spaced, giving a timetable that’s easier to understand.

Our timetable will change on 11 December - for details visit our December 2022 timetable page

In 2021 the Department for Transport, Transport for the North (TfN) and Network Rail sought views on the structure of the timetable. Following this, we gathered comments on the timetable details for Northern’s services.

Our feedback period ran from 15 November until 31 December 2021 and we had over 800 responses. We are grateful for all the detailed comments. They’ve allowed us to understand where changes are welcomed. They’ve also helped us to identify concerns or alternative suggestions. We explored each of these and several changes were made to the Northern timetable as a result.

Before we can communicate the timetable further with customers, the final plans will go through several industry reviews.

Our customer communications campaign will start in the autumn, raising awareness of the new timetables and key changes.

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