This Saturday, 17 November - the 13th consecutive Saturday of RMT strike action - we will be operating a reduced timetable with very few trains running before 9am and after 6pm. The strike action, together with some cancellations on Sunday 18 November, will see Northern running reduced timetables across the weekend.
We expect to run around 30% of services on Saturday and all customers are advised to plan carefully if they intend to travel on the rail network.
Ongoing engineering work in some areas will also see some disruption to services on Sunday, particularly between Preston and Hellifield, Manchester and Crewe, Manchester and East Lancashire, and Blackpool and Leeds.
This weekend will also see thousands of people visit the famous Christmas Markets in Manchester. Customers are reminded of the impact the amended timetables will have on travel to and from Manchester.
Manchester Christmas Markets services
• BOLTON – Between 2-4 trains per hour to and from Manchester – last train to Bolton is at 6.35pm from Victoria • KIRKBY – One train per hour– last train to Kirkby is at 3.25pm from Victoria (change at Wigan Wallgate) • LIVERPOOL – Two trains per hour – last train to Liverpool is at 5.31pm from Victoria and 6.12pm from Piccadilly • WIGAN WALLGATE – Good service in the morning and one train per hour in the afternoon – last train to Wigan is at 7.25pm from Victoria • WARRINGTON CENTRAL – Eight services throughout the day to Manchester – last train to Warrington is at 6.12pm from Piccadilly • ALDERLEY EDGE – One train every two hours – last train to Alderley Edge is at 5.38pm from Piccadilly • MACCLESFIELD – One train every two hours – last train to Macclesfield is at 6.46pm • BUXTON – Six trains through the day to Manchester – last train to Buxton is at 5.24pm from Piccadilly • ROSE HILL MARPLE – Six trains to Manchester during the day – last train to Rose Hill Marple is at 5.35pm from Piccadilly • HADFIELD/GLOSSOP – Ten trains in each direction throughout the day – last train to Hadfield/Glossop is at 6.59pm from Piccadilly
And there are several other events around the north of England which may be affected by the RMT strike action:
• Fleetwood v Walsall – Eight services from Preston to Blackpool North before 3pm – last train from Blackpool North to Preston is at 6.38pm • Accrington Stanley v Barnsley – Buses will operate between Bradford Interchange and Accrington – last bus from Accrington is at 7.04pm
• Manchester Arena – Jess Glynne – no Northern trains after the event • Echo Arena (Liverpool) – Rick Astley – no Northern trains after the event • First Direct Arena (Leeds)– Courteeners – no Northern trains after the event • Metro Arena (Newcastle) – Boy George – no Northern trains after the event • FlyDSA Arena (Sheffield) – Disney on Ice – no Northern trains after the evening performance, limited service between Sheffield/Barnsley/Leeds between 7.35am and 5.45pm
Unfortunately, on some routes, we aren't able to run services, while others have a limited service. On those routes where we are able to operate trains, we expect all services to be extremely busy. We also have replacement bus services available on some routes where trains aren’t running.
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