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New timetables and planned disruption

Northern operates more than 1,400 services during weekend of industrial action

09 July 2017
Northern has operated an average of more than 40 per cent of services to keep the north of England on the move this weekend.
During the first two days of industrial action Northern managed to exceed its original plans and ran more than 1,400 services.


The revised timetable, which included hundreds of rail replacement buses, ensured Northern customers were been able to get to and from their destinations during a weekend of high temperatures in which coastal destinations were extremely popular.

Services have now stopped for the evening, but efforts are still being made to prepare for the third consecutive day of industrial action – and the Monday morning rush hour.

Sharon Keith, Regional Director at Northern, said: “It has been a challenging and busy weekend across the network, but by the close of business this evening we had been able to run more than 1,400 rail services.

“We also operated hundreds of rail replacement buses and had ticket acceptance in place on many other train operators. This all meant the north of England – and those visiting the region for special events and to enjoy the good weather – has been kept on the move.

“As we approach the Monday morning peak I would like to remind customers to continue to plan carefully. We will be operating a reduced timetable and expect all services to be extremely busy, particularly at peak times.

“The majority of services will operate between 7am and 7pm, though they will start to wind down from around 5pm.”

Sharon added: “I would like to say thank you to all our customers who have shown patience and understanding across the weekend. Also, thank you to Northern staff who have worked hard to plan and provide services for our customers.”

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