Northern issues ‘Do Not Travel’ advice on routes in the North West on Christmas Eve

Northern is advising customers not to travel on routes in the North West on Christmas Eve due to limited train crew availability.

Services across the region will finish earlier than usual at around 16:00 and some routes will see no services operating.

Customer are advised not to travel on the following routes:

  • Morecambe/Heysham – Lancaster
  • Blackpool South – Colne
  • Wigan – Stalybridge
  • Clitheroe – Manchester Victoria
  • Manchester Victoria – Chester
  • Manchester Piccadilly – Chester (Via Altrincham)
  • Manchester Piccadilly – Crewe

Craig Harrop, regional director at Northern, said: “Unfortunately, customers travelling on Christmas Eve should expect disruption and we are sorry for th

“This is due to limited train crew availability in some areas. We strongly advise customers not to travel in the North West on these routes.”

“Ticket restrictions have been lifted, on Northern services, for customers to use tickets dated 24 Dec on the 22 and 23 December.”

More details about Christmas disruption can be found at

In addition, rail timetables across the North of England changed on Sunday 10 December in line with the rest of the National Rail network.

Customers are encouraged to use the ‘Check My Timetable’ feature on the Northern website for more information about their local station.

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.


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