Following the ongoing closure of Manchester Victoria station, Northern has announced details of service alterations for Saturday 27 May, Sunday 28 May and Monday 29 May, with a number of services impacted following Monday’s terror attack at Manchester Arena.
Manchester Victoria Station is still part of an ongoing police investigation.  The station has also suffered structural damage that still needs to be properly assessed and repaired.  Until this work is completed the station will remain closed.
As a result, many of the services that would normally run into Manchester Victoria are unable to do so, which is causing significant disruption to services in Greater Manchester and the surrounding counties.
The following key Northern routes will be impacted this weekend in the Greater Manchester area:
Saturday 27 May

Huddersfield – Manchester Victoria
Trains will start and terminate at Stalybridge. Alternative train services run between Stalybridge and Manchester Piccadilly. Passengers using Ashton-under-Lyne should use Metrolink services into and out of Manchester.

Leeds – Manchester Victoria
Trains will start and terminate at Rochdale. A replacement bus service will run between Rochdale and Manchester Piccadilly calling at all intermediate stations.

Blackburn - Manchester Victoria via Todmorden
Services will not run.

Liverpool Lime Street – Manchester Victoria
Trains will start and terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.

Southport – Manchester Airport
These services will start and terminate at Manchester Piccadilly and run to Southport via Atherton calling additionally at Swinton, Moorside, Walkden, Atherton, Hagfold, Daisy Hill and Ince.

Kirkby – Manchester Victoria
Trains will start and terminate at Salford Central.

All current rail improvement work will continue as planned. Timetables for specific routes are available at https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/travel/improvement-works. No replacement bus services will call at Manchester Victoria and will instead terminate at Salford Central.

Sunday 28 May and Monday 29 May

Huddersfield – Manchester Victoria
Trains will start and terminate at Stalybridge. Alternative train services run between Stalybridge and Manchester Piccadilly. Passengers using Ashton-under-Lyne should use Metrolink services into and out of Manchester.

Leeds – Manchester Victoria
Trains will start and terminate at Rochdale. A replacement bus service will run between Rochdale and Manchester Piccadilly calling at all intermediate stations.

Clitheroe – Manchester Victoria
Trains will run between Clitheroe and Blackburn only. Connections can be made at Blackburn onto alternative transport towards Manchester.

Replacement timetables are in operation due to pre-planned route improvement work on the Ordsall Chord. These can be can be found https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/travel/improvement-works.  Buses scheduled to stop at Manchester Victoria will terminate at Salford Crescent on Sunday and Salford Central on Monday.

Richard Allan, Northern’s deputy managing director said: “We will continue to do everything we can to keep our customers up to date with any information on the reopening of Manchester Victoria station.

“Over the busy bank holiday weekend we would ask customers to check our website or National Rail Enquiries before they travel. We would like to thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding during what is a difficult time for everyone in the city.”
Full timetables and a journey planner for this weekend are available on the Northern website through northernrailway.co.uk. Customers can also check National Rail Enquiries through www.nationalrail.co.uk. Customers can also keep updated on social media through Facebook and Twitter. Northern’s Facebook page is available through facebook.com/northernassist and its Twitter feed can be accessed through @northernassist
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