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Friday 12 November until Saturday 18 December

Manchester Christmas Markets travel advice

The Christmas Markets have returned to Manchester, between Thursday 4 November – Thursday 23 December. If you’re travelling during this time, please keep the following in mind:

  • Services to/from Manchester will be very busy on Friday and Saturday evenings between Friday 12 November and Saturday 18 December.
  • Queueing systems will be implemented at city centre stations at busier times.
  • Remember the 30 second rule - to allow on-time departures, train doors close 30 seconds before the departure time shown on information screens, so please ensure that you arrive in time to catch your train.
  • Please ensure you check before you travel. If you’re travelling into Manchester, please check your return journey too, as later services leaving Manchester will be very busy.

Deansgate station closes at 1800 on Fridays and Saturdays during the Christmas Markets

Deansgate station closes at 1800 on the following Fridays and Saturdays:

  • November
    • Friday 12 November and Saturday 13 November
    • Friday 19 November and Saturday 20 November
    • Friday 26 November and Saturday 27 November
  • December
    • Friday 04 December and Saturday 05 December
    • Friday 10 December and Saturday 11 December
    • Friday 17 December and Saturday 18 December

The last services to call at Deansgate will be:

  • 1722 Southport via Bolton and Westhoughton
  • 1722 Crewe via Manchester Airport and Styal
  • 1729 Liverpool Lime Street via Earlestown
  • 1730 Alderley Edge via Stockport
  • 1733 Manchester Oxford Road only
  • 1737 Blackpool North via Bolton and Chorley
  • 1739 Hazel Grove via Stockport
  • 1748 Liverpool Lime Street via Birchwood

After the above trains have departed, no trains will call at Deansgate until the following day.

If you usually travel to or from Deansgate after 1800, you will need to use Manchester’s Victoria, Oxford Road or Piccadilly stations for your journey.


Dry train service: 2143 Manchester Piccadilly to Stoke-on-Trent

Each Saturday, from Saturday 13 November until Saturday 18 December, the 2143 Manchester Piccadilly to Stoke-on-Trent service is designated a dry train, meaning no alcohol is permitted onboard.

This dry train condition also applies when boarding this service at the following stations: Stockport 2157, Cheadle Hulme 2201, Bramhall 2204, Poynton 2207, Adlington 2211, Prestbury 2214, Macclesfield 2217, Congleton 2225 & Kidsgrove 2231.

When a dry train operation is in place, staff will instruct customers against drinking or concealing alcohol on board the train. Being obviously drunk and therefore unsafe to travel, or trying to conceal alcohol, will lead to refusal of travel under the railway byelaws and potentially prosecution.

If you do have alcohol before travel, you will be asked to dispose of it at the barrier before boarding the train. You will not be permitted to travel with alcohol - there are no exceptions to this rule.

The notification of the service is in line with Railway Byelaws; Byelaw 4: Intoxication and possession of intoxicating liquor. Railway Byelaws are available from here