Are you planning to travel this weekend? Northern are asking customers to plan their travel carefully

Northern is calling on its customers to think carefully about their travel plans this bank holiday weekend.

By Barbara Craythorn
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 4:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th May 2021, 4:40 pm

Train services across the Northern network are expected to be busy throughout the weekend due to the forecast good weather and the relaxation of many COVID restrictions.

There is also significant engineering work set to take place in and around Leeds, Manchester, Carlisle and Warrington there will be several changes to timetables and fewer trains than normal operating in the affected areas.

A spokesperson for Northern said: “We need our customers to plan carefully for any rail travel this weekend and be prepared for services to be much busier than they have been recently.

A member of Northern staff helping a customer

“We’ll be adding extra carriages where possible but, with amended timetables in place in many areas, we will have fewer trains operating than on a normal weekend.”

Popular tourist destinations – coastal towns and beauty spots such as the Lake District, Yorkshire Moors and Peak District – are expected to be particularly busy and customers are advised to be flexible if they plan to head to these areas.

“And, of course, anyone travelling by train still needs to be conscious of coronavirus and continue following advice on how to keep themselves, and others, as safe as possible.

“Through enhanced cleaning and an increase in services, we are doing all we can to allow our customers to travel with confidence but, by following a few simple steps, passengers can also help themselves.”

Northern customers are advised to:

Always wear a face covering when on a train or at a station (unless specific exemptions apply)

Regularly wash hands before and after travel and use hand sanitiser when on the network

Take all litter and rubbish of trains and use the bins provided

Be considerate of others

Respect our staff who are working to keep people on the move

Travel outside of peak hours where possible

Plan journeys carefully and be aware of the new train times

For full details of Northern’s timetables – and the planned engineering work visit Northern Railway. Train times can also be checked via National Rail Enquiries