Train services reduced amid lockdown

Reduced timetables have been introduced on the rail network as people are continued to be urged to avoid travelling where possible. 

Local operator Northern, as well as the rest of the rail industry across the UK, will be running amended timetables from Monday 18 January so that those who still need to travel can get to where they need to be. 

Consequently, there will be a reduction in service on some routes, with overall capacity across the network also reduced. 

Locally, this will affect trains on the Glossop-Manchester Piccadilly, Buxton-Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield-Manchester Piccadilly lines. 

Government advice remains that people should avoid travelling where possible during the current national lockdown.

Northern is calling on anyone who does have to make rail journeys to check carefully before setting off.

The operator also reminds those who do need to travel by train should maintain social distancing where possible, wash hands before and after travel and, unless exempt, wear a face covering at stations and on trains.

Northern adds it will also continue to support social distancing and enhanced cleaning of touch points at stations and on trains.

Tricia Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Northern, said: “From next week we will introduce an amended timetable that reflects the third national lockdown with a reduction in services across the network.

“We will focus on delivering services during the morning and evening peaks so those who need to travel  can get to where they’re needed and have the space to maintain social distancing.

"We're therefore calling on people to check carefully before they travel and behave responsibly on our trains. In the meantime, we’ll continue with our programme of enhanced cleaning at our trains and stations to keep our customers as safe as possible and to reduce the risk of transmission while travelling with Northern.”

Passengers who need to travel should visit the Northern website or National Rail Enquiries for up-to-date information, as well as to access the new timetables. 

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