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This Sunday, there are a number of planned cancellations to train services that customers will face on parts of our network in the North West. The areas most affected will be: Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. We are sorry for the inconvenience our customers will face this weekend and are likely to face over the next few weekends.

The impact of ongoing engineering work, often planned at short-notice, means we have to adjust our Sunday timetable each and every week. This has an impact on matching drivers’ availability within their working agreements.

Routes have been chosen carefully to minimise the impact on customers. On each of the affected routes, our customers will have a range of alternative options available to them, including: other Northern services, trains run by other operators or rail replacement transport. Ticket acceptance is in place, more details below.

Details of planned cancellations for Sunday 19 August are as follows: 

Liverpool – Manchester Airport cancellations

Northern customers will still be able to travel between Liverpool and Manchester using Northern hourly service via Warrington or East Midlands Trains hourly services. TransPennine Express services are available between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. Tickets will be accepted by TransPennine Express, East Midlands Trains and Arriva Trains Wales.

Blackpool North – Liverpool cancellations

Customers travelling to Preston and Blackpool from Liverpool should change at Wigan North Western on to the Blackpool – Manchester Airport Northern Service. Customers travelling between Blackpool and stations to Liverpool should change at Wigan North Western.

Blackpool South – Colne cancellations
Northern will operate one train every two hours between Blackpool South and Colne and where possible, customers are advised to travel to and from Blackpool North.  Some replacement bus services will be available.

Lancaster – Morecambe – part cancellations
There will be two part cancellation between Morecambe and Heysham Port. Taxis will be provided for customers travelling between the port and Lancaster.

Southport – Wigan - Manchester – Blackburn – part cancellations

 These services will be split and operated in two parts as follows:

  • Train service: Wigan – Southport and Manchester Victoria – Blackburn (via        Todmorden) 

Customers to travel between Wigan and Manchester by the following alternatives:

  • Other rail service between Manchester Piccadilly and Wigan (Northern’s Manchester Airport – Blackpool)
  • Rail Replacement bus between Manchester Victoria and Wigan as part of planned engineering work


The 08.40am Blackpool North – Carlisle is cancelled. The 17:25 Carlisle – Leeds service is now 17:48 and will make additional stops along the Dales Rail route


All the planned cancellations will be fully updated on the Northern website or National Rail Enquiries websites and apps overnight, so customers should check on Saturday morning for the latest information.

Anyone whose journey is delayed by 30 minutes or more can apply for compensation via Delay Repay. Details of the scheme and how to apply can be found here.