Northern announces outline timetable for day of RMT industrial action on Friday 28 April

Northern has today announced its outline timetable for train services that will run during RMT industrial action on Friday 28 April.

Northern expects to run more than 40 per cent of its normal timetable, and more than 300 additional rail replacement buses, to help keep the north of England on the move.  All services are expected to be extremely busy, with industrial action taking place on the Friday before the bank holiday weekend and the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle event. 

Customers are advised to give themselves extra time to travel and consider whether their journeys are necessary.

Sharon Keith, Regional Director for Northern, said: “In advance of launching our full timetable via our website on Monday 24 April, we can now share the 55 routes that we will cover next Friday. 

“To keep as many people on the move as possible, we are targeting available trains on our busiest routes and at peak times. The majority of trains will run between 7am and 7pm, with rail replacement buses on some routes where we unable to run trains.  Customers need to plan carefully as services will start to wind down from late afternoon.”

“To support day one of the Tour de Yorkshire, where possible, we are adding carriages to the services we are able to operate around Middlesbrough, Whitby and Bridlington.

“Northern customers will also be able to use their rail tickets on Arriva Bus services, including Yorkshire Tiger, on 28 April for journeys they would otherwise have made by rail.”

The 55 routes where Northern will operate train or replacement bus services are:

  • Alnmouth to Newcastle
  • Appleby to Carlisle
  • Barnsley to Huddersfield
  • Barrow to Lancaster
  • Barrow to Workington
  • Blackburn and Bolton to Manchester Victoria
  • Blackburn to Todmorden and Hebden Bridge
  • Blackpool North to Burnley Central
  • Blackpool North to Manchester Airport
  • Bradford Forster Square to Ilkley
  • Burnley Central to Colne
  • Carlisle to Newcastle Line
  • Chester to Altrincham
  • Cleethorpes to Barton-on-Humber
  • Clitheroe to Blackburn
  • Darlington to Middlesbrough
  • Leeds to Bradford Forster Square
  • Leeds to Carlisle
  • Leeds to Castleford
  • Leeds to Doncaster
  • Leeds to Hebden Bridge via Bradford Interchange
  • Leeds to Rochdale via Brighouse
  • Leeds to Huddersfield
  • Leeds to Ilkley
  • Leeds to Selby
  • Leeds to Sheffield
  • Leeds to Skipton
  • Leeds to York via Harrogate
  • Lincoln to Retford
  • Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Oxford Road via Newton Le Willows
  • Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western
  • Manchester Piccadilly to Alderley Edge
  • Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly
  • Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton
  • Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield
  • Manchester Piccadilly to Macclesfield
  • Manchester Piccadilly to New Mills Central
  • Manchester Victoria to Greenfield
  • Manchester Victoria to Rochdale and Todmorden
  • Manchester Victoria to Wigan Wallgate
  • Middlesbrough to Whitby
  • Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough to Newcastle
  • Oxenholme to Windermere
  • Preston to Ormskirk
  • Scarborough to Hull
  • Settle to Lancaster
  • Sheffield to Hull
  • Sheffield to Nottingham
  • Sheffield to Retford Low Level
  • Skipton to Bradford Forster Square
  • Southport to Wigan Wallgate
  • Stockport to Altrincham
  • Warrington Central to Manchester Oxford Road
  • Workington to Carlisle
  • York to Halifax via Bradford Interchange

Revised timetables and supporting information will be made available on Monday 24 April on Northern’s website at Timetable information is expected to be available in industry systems such as National Rail Enquiries on Tuesday 25 April.


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Notes to editors

The RMT industrial action comes at a time when Northern is embarking on a journey to modernise its network by 2020. 

Through its modernisation programme, Northern is committed to:

  • Delivering better journeys, with new trains and improved stations
  • Improving customer service, with more people to help you on your journey
  • Keeping customers safe and secure – day and night

This modernisation programme will see the introduction of 98 new trains, 243 upgraded trains, 2,000 extra services each week, just under a 40% increase in capacity and better stations across the network.