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Northern Connect

Northern Connect is our brand name for a group of specific routes which will connect our customers on the longer journeys in our franchise from December 2019. The investment and improvements will include:

- Fast, comfortable, inter-urban network
- Introduced in stages up to December 2019
- Connects all cities and towns with population over 85000 (unless served by metro or other franchise)
- 12 new and upgraded services, most hourly
- Over 90% operated with new trains
- 36 Connect Stations with consistent, higher standards
- Differentiated marketing and customer service
- Advance tickets

 The routes that these enhanced services will cover are shown on the map below:


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Northern Connect routes

Barrow-Preston-Wigan-Manchester-Manchester Airport
Windermere-Preston-Wigan-Manchester-Manchester Airport
Blackpool-Preston-Bolton-Manchester-Manchester Airport
Bradford-Halifax-Rochdale-Manchester-Manchester Airport
Chester-Warrington Bank Quay-Manchester-Rochdale-Halifax-Bradford-Leeds
Lincoln-Sheffield-Barnsley-Wakefield Kirkgate – Leeds
Liverpool-Warrington Central-Manchester-Manchester Airport
Nottingham-Sheffield-Wakefield Westgate-Leeds

We will be publishing more information about the new services and when you can expect to see them - please check back for updates.