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Sundays 28 February, 07, 14, 21 & 28 March 2021.


Birchwood to Manchester engineering works

On Sunday 28 February and Sundays through March, the Liverpool to Manchester line through Birchwood will be closed.


Trains will run between Liverpool Lime Street and Birchwood. Rail replacement buses will run between Birchwood and Manchester Piccadilly.



Between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Oxford Road services will be diverted via Newton-le-Willows. A rail replacement bus will run between Newton-le-Willows, Warrington Central and Widnes.

For the most up to date information, please check your journey as close to your travel date as possible using Journey Planner.


Travelling between Liverpool and Manchester or Manchester Airport

Our ‘express service’ between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport via Warrington Central will not run.

If you are travelling between Liverpool and Manchester or Manchester Airport, please travel on our Liverpool to Manchester Airport ‘stopping service’ via Newton-le-Willows.


Rail Replacement

Rail replacement bus stop locations can be found on station information posters.

Please note rail replacement buses are unable to carry:

  • Heavy luggage
  • Non-folding bicycles, prams or scooters
  • Animals (other than registered assistance dogs).

We plan to run accessible buses on our rail replacement services. Visit the Help section for our current availability on accessible buses for planned engineering works.


Passenger Assist

Our Passenger Assist service is available from all affected stations for customers requiring mobility assistance. Where possible, we recommend booking assistance in advance by calling 0800 138 5560 (Text Relay 18001 0800 138 5560), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or online.


Travelling with us

Please note there are now national travel restrictions in place. Please check the latest national travel restrictions prior to your journey.  

If you choose to travel by train, please travel safe. You must wear a face covering on board the train and in the station (unless a medical condition or disability prevents you), try to avoid busy times varying your usual travel times to prevent crowding and check the times of your journey before you travel.

If you are showing any Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate along with other members of your household. Check the latest Public Health England advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).


We will continue to do all we can and hope you will also continue to play your part when travelling on Northern services.