CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Northern Key Worker Timetables From 30 March

As a result of the continuing impact of COVID-19 Northern will be running amended ‘Key Worker’ timetables from Tuesday 24 March 2020.


Everyone at Northern is working to provide the best possible rail service during this difficult time, but it is simply not possible to operate their usual timetable.

Where Northern are not able to run trains they will seek to provide rail replacement road transport.

Though Northern continues to run services, The Government is advising that, if possible, you should avoid non-essential public transport use and try to avoid rush hour, varying your usual travel times to prevent crowding and if possible, work from home.

If you are showing any Corona virus symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate along with other members of your household. The latest Public Health England advice is available here.

Northern will continue to do all we can and hope you will also continue to play your part when travelling on Northern services.

Across the Community Rail Lancashire (CRL) area the following Monday to Saturday timetables are operating from 30 March 2020, click the links below to download the timetable:

Blackburn to Manchester Victoria via Todmorden3 hourly

Blackpool North to Preston, Manchester Piccadilly & Hazel Grove – Hourly

Blackpool South to Preston2 hourly

Carlisle to Barrow & Lancaster – variable & some bus replacement

Clitheroe to Manchester Victoriahourly

Lancaster to Morecambe – bus replacement – 2 hourly

Lancaster to Skipton – bus replacement – three per day

Lancaster to Windermere – 2 hourly

Leeds to Carlisle – four services each way

Leeds to Preston – 2 hourly

Preston to Colne – 2 hourly

Preston to Ormskirk – bus replacement – hourly

Skipton to Bradford & Leeds – variable

Southport to Manchester Victoria & Stalybridge – hourly

Wigan to Kirkby (Merseyside) – bus replacement 2 hourly

Use National Rail or Real Time Trains websites for intermediate calling points.

Full details of all revised Northern timetables can be found on the Northern website at

Please only travel if it is essential or if you are a key worker – do not be offended if you are challenged as to why you are making your journey, it is imperative that we contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).