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New rail timetable coming next month

NORHERN'S Trains across the North of England will switch to a new timetable next month, from:- Sunday, 2 June 2024. Northern says the majority of its services are largely unaffected, but some have been re-timed and there are a handful of service changes. Rail users can check what the new timetable means for them and their local Station using the:- 'Check My Timetable' feature on the Northern website.

Among the changes that are taking place:-

  • In the North East... The timetable outlines plans for the 1st passenger services to operate on the new Northumberland Line, with Newcastle and Ashington connected by a ˝ hourly service Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays from the autumn. Services will call at:- Newsham and Seaton Delaval, with some also calling at:- Manors Station.

  • In Yorkshire and the East Midlands... There will be additional stops and extra capacity on some services from:- Leeds to Skipton and Stations in Cumbria. In the Calder Valley, more services will stop at:- Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Low Moor. There will be extra capacity on services from:- Leeds to Harrogate and York. Meanwhile, there will be a reduction in capacity on services between:- Sheffield and Huddersfield whilst engineering work takes place.

  • In the North West... There will be an increase in capacity on services between:- Manchester Airport and Liverpool Lime Street. Sunday services between:- Buxton and Manchester Piccadilly will make additional calls at:- Heaton Chapel and Levenshulme. And a new Saturday service from Rochdale will link:- Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester and Salford, with the Yorkshire Dales via Clitheroe.

Matt Rice, the new chief operating Officer at Northern, said:- "We're all set for the new timetable next month. The vast majority of services are unaffected by the change, but there are a small number of services that have been re-timed. Customers should use the:- 'Check My Timetable' tool on the website to see the changes that affect their local Station."

For more information about the new timetable, visit:- NorthernRailway.Co.UK.

Research analysed by West Somerset Railway has revealed a 1 million rise of passengers using Merseyrail in the last recorded quarter

A new study has discovered that in the last quarter of 2023, there was a 15% increase of passenger journeys on Merseyrail trains. The research, by West Somerset Railway, analysed newly released data from the Office of Rail and Road's 'Passenger rail usage:- October to December 2023' report.

Merseyrail served 7.5 million rail users in the last quarter, that's a 15% increase from the same time a year prior which was 6.5 million.

At the top of the table was:- Elizbeth Line (40%), Avanti West Coast was 2nd (8.5%), and ScotRail came 3rd (34%).

Looking at England, Scotland and Wales altogether, 417 million rail passenger journeys were recorded in Great Britain between:- October to December 2023, a 20% rise from the same period the previous year, which saw 348 million journeys.

Train Operator/Line

Passenger Journeys Oct to Dec 2023

Percentage change from Oct to Dec 2022

Elizabeth Line

58.5 million


Avanti West Coast

8.5 million



20.9 million


TransPennine Express

6.6 million



0.3 million


Hull Trains

0.3 million



9.0 million


East Midlands Railway

7.5 million


Grand Central

0.4 million


Caledonian Sleeper

0.1 million


London Overground

46.7 million


West Midlands Trains

16.7 million


TfW Rail

7.0 million


Greater Anglia

19.6 million



5.5 million


South Western Railway

39.4 million



7.5 million


Northern Trains

22.5 million



32.7 million


Govia Thameslink Railway

71.0 million


Great Western Railway

20.8 million


London North Eastern Railway

5.8 million



8.9 million


Heathrow Express

1.2 million


Looking at the bottom of the table:- Heathrow Express came last, with only a 5% increase, followed by:- c2c and London North Eastern Railway (both were up 6%).

Despite the positive increases that have been seen in passenger Journeys (417 million), the figures are still less than pre-Pandemic levels. There's been a 9.5% decrease when compared to the same quarter 4 years ago (461 million, October to December 2019).

Speaking on the data, Samantha White from West Somerset Railway said:- "It is fantastic to see these incredible rises of rail passenger journeys across Great Britain. Despite figures not yet matching Pre-Pandemic levels, it is really encouraging to see that the amount of people using trains continue to rise close to how they were before the Pandemic."

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