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New timetables and planned disruption

Easter is rapidly approaching and everyone is eager for the long-anticipated break from work, school or the day to day mundane tasks. With Easter Sunday falling on the 17th April, the previous Friday and the following Monday are both bank holidays.

Trains still run on Easter Sunday and the bank holidays, but some routes have a reduced service, with a few closed completely. Often this is when essential engineering work is carried out, leading to disruptions; however, we work hard to ensure that these are kept to a minimum and alternative transport laid on wherever possible. 

Head over to our services updates page to keep up-to-date on the latest travel news, allowing you to plan your Easter journeys easily.

Are there any train disruptions over Easter 2022?

Good Friday 15 April 2022

Being a public holiday, train travel on this day is counted as off-peak, meaning that tickets are purchased at the reduced rate, and you can travel at any time throughout the day. 

Early morning maintenance work is planned between Preston and Blackburn. As a result:

  • 05:05 service between Preston and Colne will start at Blackburn. A bus will take passengers from Preston to Blackburn, leaving Preston at 04:45 and connecting with the train at Blackburn.

Early morning engineering work is planned on the route between Blackrod and Preston. As a result:

  • 04:44 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport train service will be diverted via (but not call at) Wigan North Western, and will not call at Buckshaw Parkway, Chorley, Horwich Parkway, Lostock, Bolton and Salford Crescent.  A bus service will run between Preston and Manchester Piccadilly.
  • 04:46 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North train service will be diverted via (but not call at) Wigan North Western, and will not call at Salford Crescent, Bolton, Horwich Parkway, Chorley and Buckshaw Parkway.  A bus service will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Preston.

Early morning maintenance teams will be working on the line between Leeds and Church Fenton. As a result:

  • 05:19 York to Blackpool North train service will begin at Leeds. A bus service will take passengers from York to Leeds, leaving York at 04:15 to meet the train at Leeds.
  • 05:20 Leeds to York service will have the whole route replaced by a bus service.

Late night engineering work is scheduled for Hull. As a result:  

Saturday 16 April 2022

The Saturday before Easter Sunday is widely considered to be a routine Saturday, and as such, Northern will be running the regular service, barring unavoidable minor disruptions

  • 22:00 trains are replaced by buses between Lancaster and Windermere / Oxenholme / Grange-over-Sands
  • 22:10 Manchester Airport to Barrow-in-Furness will terminate at Lancaster. A bus service will take passengers from Lancaster to Barrow-in-Furness.

Engineering and maintenance work is scheduled to take place between Doncaster and Hull. As a result, an amended service will run, with trains being replaced by buses between:

  • Goole and Hull
  • Selby and Hull
  • Hull and Beverly

Easter Sunday 17 April 2022

Generally a quiet day for train travel, there are some planned disruptions to services.

Trains will be replaced by buses between Lancaster and Windermere / Oxenholme / Grange-over-Sands. Manchester and Barrow-in-Furness / Windermere trains will only run between Manchester and Lancaster. There will be no trains between Oxenholme and Windermere. Buses will replace trains on the following routes:

  • Lancaster and Grange-over-Sands
  • Lancaster / Oxenholme and Windermere

There will be a shuttle train service between Grange-over-Sands and Barrow-in-Furness.

Engineering teams will be working between Doncaster and Hull. An amended timetable will be operating, with trains being replaced by buses between:

  • Goole and Hull
  • Selby and Hull
  • Hull and Beverley

Until 13:00 trains are being replaced by buses between Liverpool Lime Street and Huyton.

Maintenance work is being carried out between Liverpool Lime Street and Hunts Cross, closing all lines. Trains are being replaced by buses between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street.

From 23:45, trains are being replaced by buses between Preston and Blackpool North, closing all lines. 

The following trains will terminate at Preston:

  • 21:21 York to Blackpool North
  • 22:46 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North
  • 23:15 Liverpool Lime Street to Blackpool North
  • 23:48 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North

Buses will replace the trains from Preston to Blackpool North

Easter Monday 18 April 2022

Easter Monday is a public, or bank, holiday, and train travel is considered to fall under the off-peak category. 

Engineering teams will be working between Doncaster and Hull. An amended timetable will be operating, with trains being replaced by buses between:

  • Goole and Hull
  • Selby and Hull
  • Hull and Beverley

Amended late night / early morning Northern trains to / from Manchester stations will be partially replaced by buses:

  • 03:33 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport
  •  04:44 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport
  • 05:14 Blackpool South to Preston
  • 22:01 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe
  • 23:01 Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge 
  • 23:12 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly 
  • 23:24 Manchester Piccadilly to Hazel Grove
  • 23:27 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly
  • 23:28 Manchester Oxford Road to Liverpool Lime Street 
  • 23:48 Manchester Airport to Blackpool North 

 The following services will be fully replaced by buses:

  • 22:59 Buxton to Manchester Piccadilly 
  • 23:11 Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton
  • 23:38 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe 

FAQs

Northern services will run a reduced service on Easter Sunday, which reflects the passenger numbers across the network for the holiday period. Northern’s live train updates will supply you with all the relevant information for catching the train over the Easter period.

Easter Monday is considered to be a public holiday across the UK, and as such, trains will be running on a reduced schedule throughout the day. This does mean, however, that fares fall into the off-peak price band, allowing you to enjoy a budget-friendly day out by train.

Information updated - 13/04/2022

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