Northern has released details of planned cancellations to train services that customers are likely to face today (Sunday 12 August) on parts of our network in the North West. We are sorry for any disruption customers may experience.

Northern has announced the removal of some services on several corridors in the North-West so that customers can have more certainty in planning their journeys today (Sunday 12 August).

About 80 services will not run out of a total of 1,500 train services today.

Routes have been chosen carefully to minimise the impact on customers. On each of the affected routes, our customers will have a range of alternative options available to them, including: other Northern services, trains run by other operators or rail replacement transport. Ticket acceptance is in place, more details below.

The areas most affected will be: Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. We would like to apologise to customers whose plans and journeys will be disrupted.

In these areas, ongoing engineering projects have caused severe difficulties around the short-notice scheduling of our train crews and this is the root cause of what has required us to make these planned cancellations to our main Sunday timetable.

A spokesman for Northern, said: “We are sorry that our customers continue to experience some disruption to their weekend services. We are advising anyone thinking of travelling on Sunday on these routes to plan their journey carefully”.

Planned cancellations will be updated on the Northern website or National Rail Enquiries websites and apps overnight, so customers should check on Saturday morning for the latest information. Customers are also encouraged to use the station help-points to ask about alterative arrangements.

Anyone whose journey is delayed by 30 minutes or more can apply for compensation via Delay Repay. Details of the scheme and how to apply can be found here.

Details of planned cancellations for Sunday 12 August are as follows:

Liverpool – Manchester Airport cancellations

Northern customers will still be able to travel between Liverpool and Manchester using Northern hourly service via Warrington or East Midlands Trains hourly services. TransPennine Express services are available between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. Tickets will be accepted by TransPennine Express, East Midlands Trains, Arriva Trains Wales and Metrolink.

Wigan North Western – Liverpool cancellations

Northern will still operate one service per hour between Liverpool Lime Street and Wigan North Western. Customers can also travel on other Northern hourly services including Blackpool to Liverpool

Blackpool South – Colne cancellations

Northern will operate one train every two hours between Blackpool South and Colne and where possible, customers are advised to travel to and from Blackpool North.  Some replacement bus services will be available.

Lancaster – Morecambe – part cancellations

There will be two part cancellations between Morecambe and Heysham Port. Taxis will be provided for customers travelling between the port and Lancaster.

Manchester Piccadilly – Hazel Grove - cancellations

Customers advised to travel on other Northern services for Manchester to Buxton

Southport – Wigan - Manchester – Blackburn – part cancellations

Services will be split and operated in two parts as follows:

  • Train service: Wigan – Southport and Manchester Victoria – Blackburn (via Todmorden)

Customers to travel between Wigan and Manchester by the following alternatives:

  • Other rail service between Manchester Piccadilly and Wigan (Northern’s Manchester Airport – Blackpool)
  • Rail Replacement bus between Manchester Victoria and Wigan as part of planned engineering work