Northern has produced travel advice for those customers seeking to use some of the most popular rail routes across the north of England on Saturday 8 April.

Industrial action will mean around 32 per cent of Northern services will run on Saturday, with more than 300 additional rail replacements buses also on hand to help customers keep on the move.

Saturday promises to be an extremely busy day on the rail network with the Grand National taking place as well as several significant football matches and events at arenas across the region.

The majority of Northern services will run between 9am – 5pm with very few services anywhere on the network outside of these hours.

There will also be five trains per hour at Liverpool Lime Street from 9am to 6.30pm, but all are expected to be busy as thousands of people head to the city for the Grand National.

To assist customers, Northern has produced a guide for the most popular routes – showing exactly how best to travel between major towns and cities on Saturday 8 April:

Manchester Victoria – Leeds

Trains will run between Manchester Victoria and Todmorden calling at Rochdale, Smithy Bridge, Littleborough and Walsden. A replacement bus service will then run from Todmorden to Halifax /Brighouse calling at Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Sowerby Bridge. Trains will run from Halifax to Leeds calling at Bradford Interchange, New Pudsey and Bramley.

TransPennine Express operate a direct service between Manchester Victoria and Leeds via Huddersfield.

Liverpool – Manchester

Trains will run between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Oxford Road via Warrington Central and between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Victoria via Huyton and Wigan.

TransPeninne Express and East Midlands Trains are operating their full timetable as normal.

Blackpool North – Manchester

Trains will run between Blackpool and Manchester Airport calling at Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, Buckshaw Parkway, Chorley, Horwich Parkway, Bolton, Salford Crescent, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly only.

Leeds – Nottingham

Trains will run from Leeds to Sheffield calling at Wakefield Kirkgate, Barnsley and Meadowhall only. There will be no northern service between Sheffield and Nottingham. East Midlands trains will be making additional calls at Langley Mill and Alfreton on their services between Nottingham and Sheffield.

Newcastle – Carlisle 

Trains will ruin between Newcastle and Carlisle. All stations will be served on this route.

Leeds – Carlisle

Trains will run between Leeds and Skipton calling at all stations. Replacement buses will run between Leeds and Settle. Between Settle and Carlisle no service is available.