CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

May 2018 Timetable Changes

Sunday 20th May 2018 sees significant changes to the rail timetables in the Community Rail Lancashire area.

Bentham Line

From 20th May 2018 two additional services will run on the route with just over half of all services running through to Morecambe and the rest terminating at Lancaster (Mon to Sat). On Sundays three of the services go through to Morecambe via Lancaster (do not call at Lancaster on return).

The new timetable will now allow for a normal commute to Leeds along the route with an arrival time in Leeds of  08:43 and departures from Leeds at 17:25 & 19:18 (Mon to Sat). Additionally there will be two later evening services form Morecambe & Lancaster (Mon to Sat).

Clitheroe Line

From 20th May 2018 services from Clitheroe & Blackburn (direct) will be extended to run through to Rochdale (Mon to Sat). On Sundays the trains will continue to terminate at Manchester Victoria.

East Lancashire Line

From 20th May 2018 services from Colne will terminate at Preston (Mon to Sat) with a change of platform for onward journeys to Blackpool South. On Sundays trains will continue to run through to Blackpool South.

On the return journey from Blackpool South (every day incl. Sun) trains will run through to Colne via Preston.

From 20th May 2018 the York to Blackpool North service will be curtailed and will only operate between Leeds & Preston (Mon to Sat) with a change of trains for onward journeys to Blackpool North. On Sundays the trains will revert to running between York and Blackpool North without a change of trains.

South Fylde Line

From 20th May 2018 services will start at Ormskirk and run via Preston through to Blackpool South (Mon to Sat). On Sundays the trains will start at Colne and run via Preston through to Blackpool South.

On the return journey from Blackpool South (every day incl. Sun) trains will run through to Colne via Preston.

Todmorden Curve Line

From 20th May 2018 journey times on the route from Blackburn to Manchester Victoria via Burnley & Todmorden will improve (Mon to Sat) with customers from Burnley able to reach Manchester in just 46 minutes and in 57 minutes from Accrington.

For the majority of the day (Mon to Sat) services will not call at Castleton, Mills Hill & Moston and these station will be served by the extended Clitheroe Line services (see above).

West of Lancashire Lines

Southport – Manchester

From 20th May 2018 the majority of services from Southport will arrive in Manchester at Victoria station with most carrying on forward via Todmorden to Blackburn. Two morning and evening peak services will serve Manchester Piccadilly.

Preston – Ormskirk

From 21st May 2018 (no Sunday Service) Northern are introducing an hourly service on the route. Trains from Colne are terminating at Preston and the unit will then form the service to Ormskirk.

On the return journey from Ormskirk the service will run through to Blackpool South via Preston.

Wigan – Kirkby

No significant changes and no Sunday service.


Timetable Downloads

Leeds to Morecambe & Heysham Port

Clitheroe & Blackburn to Manchester Victoria (Direct)

York & Leeds to Blackpool North

Colne to Preston & Blackpool South

Blackburn to Manchester & Salford (via Burnley)

Preston to Ormskirk

Southport to Manchester & Wigan to Kirkby