Summer timetable now available onlineMarch 1, 2014
The summer timetable, which starts Monday 19th May, can now be accessed on the National Rail Enquiries website – simply search for a journey with date May 19th to see the new Mon-Fri train times.
We have not had time to do a full analysis yet but it is clear that the introduction of an hourly Transpennine Express service direct from Victoria to Liverpool and Newcastle has had a significant knock-on effect for local services.
The following “highlights” have been selected from our first look at the timetables, but please bear in mind they are subject to late changes and possibly error on our part
Morning peak services from Walkden to Manchester will undergo major changes:
- Current 0624 – new 0628 (continues to Huddersfield)
- Current 0658 – new 0656
- Current 0738 – new 0721 (terminates at Victoria)
- Current 0759 – new 0758
- Current 0818 no change (although this train will leave from Wigan NW and not stop at Hindley)
- Current 0835 – new 0826
- Current 0851 – new 0849
- Current 0912 – new 0901
On the face of it these changes seem to make better connections for Rochdale, Huddersfield/Leeds, and the Airport, although inevitably they will not be beneficial to everyone’s journey.
Daytime trains will depart at xx04 and xx33 to Wigan, and xx29 and xx49 to Manchester. As a general rule the xx04 is the Southport train, the xx33 is the Kirkby train, the xx49 runs to Victoria and the xx29 to Todmorden.
There are the odd exceptions: the 0628 runs through the Huddersfield and the 1649 runs through to Huddersfield and then carries on all the way to Leeds.