Learn about all Northern planned improvement activity and timetable changes.

Below is a list of upcoming engineering works; as well as this, JourneyCheck will allow you to enter your planned route and time of travel, become informed about any scheduled works that may be affecting this route, and alternative routes that may be available.

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New Mills Central - Manchester: Piccadilly Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February

The 2330 New Mills Central to Manchester Piccadilly service will be replaced by a bus.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester Piccadilly - Hadfield/Glossop Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February

The 2246 Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield service, and the 2327 Manchester Piccadilly to Glossop service will be replaced by buses.

  Alternative Timetable.


Blackpool North to Manchester: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February

Due to ongoing electrification work, buses replace trains between Bolton and Blackpool North.

  Alternative Timetable (Blackpool North to Manchester).

  Alternative Timetable (Manchester to Blackpool North).


Manchester to Southport/Kirkby: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February

Due to ongoing electrification work in the Bolton area, a revised timetable will be in operation, with buses replacing trains between Bolton and Wigan Wallgate.

  Alternative Timetable (Manchester to Southport/Kirkby).

  Alternative Timetable (Southport/Kirkby to Manchester).


Preston, Lancaster and Barrow to Carlisle: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February

Buses replace trains between Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness and Whitehaven.

  Alternative Timetable (Preston to Carlisle).

  Alternative Timetable (Carlisle to Preston).


Blackpool North/Preston - Hellifield: Sunday 26 February

Buses will replace trains between Preston and Blackpool North.

  Alternative Timetable. 


York to Harrogate and Leeds: Sunday 26 February

Buses replace trains between Harrogate and Leeds.

  Alternative Timetable.


Newcastle to Hexham and Carlisle: Sunday 26 February

Buses replace trains between Haltwhistle and Carlisle.

  Alternative Timetable.


Blackpool to Colne/Leeds: Sundays 26th February and 5th March

Due to ongoing electrification work, buses replace trains between Preston and Blackpool North.

  Alternative Timetable (Blackpool to Colne/Leeds).

  Alternative Timetable (Colne/Leeds to Blackpool).


Manchester Victoria - Liverpool Lime Street: Monday 27 February to Thursday 2 March

The 2309 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street service, and the 2319 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria service will be replaced by buses.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester Piccadilly - Crewe: Monday 27 February to Thursday 2 March

The 2313 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Handforth, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Heaton Chapel and Levenshulme. The 2338 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe service will not call at Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme and Handforth.

  Alternative Timetable.


Newcastle to Hexham and Carlisle: Sundays 5 and 12 March

Buses replace trains between Newcastle and Hexham.

  Alternative Timetable.


Blackpool North to Manchester: Saturday 4th March, Sunday 5th March

Due to ongoing electrification work, buses replace trains between Bolton and Blackpool North, and Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

  Alternative Timetable. (Towards Manchester)

  Alternative Timetable. (Towards Blackpool North)


Manchester and Manchester Airport to Southport and Kirkby: Saturday 4th March, Sunday 5th March

Due to ongoing electrification work in the Bolton area, a revised timetable will be in operation, with buses replacing trains between Bolton and Wigan Wallgate.

  Alternative Timetable. (Towards Southport)

  Alternative Timetable. (Towards Manchester)


Crewe to Manchester via Stockport/Manchester Airport: Saturdays 4 & 11 March and Sundays 5 & 12 March

Buses replace trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

  Alternative Timetable. (Towards Manchester)

  Alternative Timetable. (Towards Crewe)


Chester to Manchester via Altrincham: Sunday 5 March

Buses replace trains between Stockport and Chester via Altrincham.

  Alternative Timetable.


Blackpool North/Preston - Hellifield: Sunday 5 March

Due to ongoing electrification work, buses replace trains throughout between Blackpool North, Preston and Hellifield

  Alternative Timetable.


Liverpool Lime Street - Blackpool North: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March

The 2242 Preston to Liverpool Lime Street service will be replaced by a bus.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester Victoria - Liverpool Lime Street: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March

The 2309 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street service will depart Manchester Victoria at 2233 and run earlier than normally advertised throughout.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester - Wigan Wallgate: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March

The 2234 Stockport to Wigan Wallgate service will terminate at Salford Crescent. The 2320 Manchester Victoria to Wigan Wallgate service will not run.

  Alternative Timetable.


Chester - Manchester Piccadilly: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March

The 2248 Chester to Manchester Piccadilly service will be replaced by a bus.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester Victoria - Blackburn via Todmorden: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March

The 2250 Manchester Victoria to Blackburn service will terminate at Rochdale. The 2236 Blackburn to Manchester Victoria service will start from Rochdale.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester Piccadilly - Crewe: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March

The 2313 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Handforth, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Heaton Chapel and Levenshulme.The 2338 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe service will not call at Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme and Handforth.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester Piccadilly - Macclesfield: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March

The 2314 Manchester Piccadilly to Macclesfield service will be replaced by a bus.

  Alternative Timetable.


Huddersfield - Manchester Victoria: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March

The 2306 Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria service will terminate at Stalybridge.

  Alternative Timetable.


Blackpool - Colne: Monday 6 to Friday 10 March

Monday to Thursday: The 2207 Blackpool South to Colne service will terminate at Rose Grove. Tuesday to Friday: The 0440 Preston to Colne service will not run. The 0529 Colne to Blackpool South service will start from Blackburn.

  Alternative Timetable.


Sheffield - Manchester Piccadilly: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March

The 2248 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Stockport.

  Alternative Timetable.


Liverpool to Warrington Bank Quay and Manchester via Earlestown: Saturdays 4 & 11 March and Sundays 5 & 12 March

There are timetable alterations for services between Liverpool and Manchester via Earlestown, and services to Warrington Bank Quay.

  Alternative Timetable. (Towards Manchester)

  Alternative Timetable. (Towards Liverpool)


Blackpool to Colne/Leeds: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March

As part of our work to improve rail travel in the North, weekend engineering work is being carried out to upgrade the railway between Preston and Blackpool until 2 April 2017. This is part of a wider programme of work in this area. Once this programme is finished in May 2018, this will give you faster, more frequent and direct rail services.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester and Manchester Airport to Southport and Kirkby: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March

Network Rail will be carrying out track maintenance work on this line and a revised timetable will be in operation.

  Alternative Timetable.


Preston to Manchester/Manchester Airport: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March

Network Rail will be carrying out track maintenance work on this line and a revised timetable will be in operation.

  Alternative Timetable.


Blackpool North/Preston - Hellifield: Sundays 12 & 19 March

Buses will replace trains between Preston and Blackpool North.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester Piccadilly - Wilmslow/Crewe: Monday 13 to Friday 17 March

Monday to Thursday
The 2243 Manchester Oxford Road to Wilmslow service will terminate at Manchester Airport.
The 2256 Wilmslow to Manchester Piccadilly service will start from Manchester Airport.

Tuesday to Friday
The 0044 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly service will not call at Manchester Airport.

Buses will be provided.

  Alternative Timetable.


Blackpool South - Colne: Monday 13 to Thursday 16 March

The 2207 Blackpool South to Colne service will terminate at Rose Grove.

A bus will be provided.

  Alternative Timetable.


Manchester Oxford Road - Liverpool Lime Street: Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 March

The 2327 Manchester Oxford Road to Liverpool Lime Street service will terminate at Hunts Cross.

A bus will be provided.

  Alternative Timetable.


Liverpool Lime Street - Manchester Airport: Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 March

The 0338 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport service will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.
The 0434 Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street service will start from Manchester Piccadilly.

Buses will be provided.

  Alternative Timetable.