Train services in High Peak set to increase

The number of trains running throughout the High Peak is set to increase from next week now that coronavirus lockdown measures have started to ease.

During the lockdown, which was imposed on 23 March, Northern Trains - which is now government owned - has been running significantly reduced timetables for key workers to make essential journeys. 

But from next Monday (18 May) there will be a new timetable and additional services put on, to help those who can't work from home and need to use public transport to go to work.

Northern have also confirmed that they will be running full-length trains, which will help with social distancing. 

These are the changes: 

Manchester - Hadfield/Glossop: Improvement to mix of hourly and half hourly

Manchester - Buxton: Remains hourly with some additional peak services

Manchester - Sheffield (via New Mills): Hourly to Sheffield and every two hours to New Mills

The full timetables can be found at: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/key-worker-timetables

The additional services have been welcomed by High Peak MP Robert Largan, who said: "As soon as the new guidance was issued, I began lobbying Northern to put on additional services and longer trains, so this is welcome news that will help maintain social distancing and help us control the virus.

"Please remember that if you can work from home, continue to work from home. If you can't work from home, please only use public transport if you're unable to walk/cycle/drive to work." 

People are being reminded that you should work from home if you are able to and, if you can't work from home, only use public transport if you're unable to walk, cycle or drive to work. 

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