Northern changes timetables to help key hospital workers

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Northern has amended its timetables to provide travel help for key workers as the country enters its fourth week of coronavirus lockdown

Several timetables have been changed following feedback from some some key workers.

From Monday, April 20, the following services will change:

- The 6.20am Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Oxford Road service will now depart at 6.10am and run 10 minutes earlier throughout the day to help key workers at Trafford General Hospital

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- Additional services will be provided between Preston and Blackpool North to help key workers at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

- The current Southport to Stalybridge service will now operate between Southport and Manchester Oxford Road (via Deansgate) creating additional options for key workers in central Manchester and the new Nightingale hospital

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern said: “We have listened to feedback over the past few weeks and have made changes to our timetables to try to help those key workers who rely on our services to get them from A to B.

“As we enter a further period of lockdown we will continue to review our timetables to make sure we are doing our bit in supporting those who are providing such valuable service during this unprecedented time.”

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Mr Jackson added: “We are also supporting key workers by asking everyone else to follow the government advice and to only travel if journeys are essential. Our advice is simple, stay home – save lives.”

For more information on the new timetables visit the National Rail Enquiries’ website.