CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Northern Key Worker Timetables 18 May 2020

The start of the summer timetable on 18th May 2020 sees a number of Northern routes running additional key worker services following the changes to the COVID-19 lock down regulations and the increase in essential travel.


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.

There have been some significant alterations to the timetables for Skipton to Lancaster and Preston to Ormskirk and other minor tweaks. The latest Monday to Saturday timetables from Monday 18 May 2020, across the Community Rail Lancashire (CRL) area can be downloaded using the links below:

Blackburn to Manchester Victoria via Todmorden3 hourly

Blackpool North to Preston, Manchester Piccadilly & Hazel Grovehourly

Blackpool South to Prestonhourly with some gaps

Carlisle to Barrow & Lancaster – variable & some bus replacement

Clitheroe to Manchester Victoriahourly

Lancaster to Morecambe – bus replacement – 2 hourly

Lancaster to Skiptonfour per day

Lancaster to Windermerevariable with shuttle OXN – WDM

Leeds to Carlisle – four services each way

Leeds to Preston – 2 hourly

Preston to Colnehourly with some gaps

Preston to Ormskirkroughly two hourly

Skipton to Bradford & Leeds – variable

Southport to Wigan Wallgate & Manchester Oxford Road – hourly

Manchester Victoria & Wigan Wallgate to Kirkby (Merseyside)hourly

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

Full details of these and all the other 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).