December 2022 timetable – Manchester Recovery Task Force
December 2022 timetable – delivering the outputs of the Manchester Recovery Task Force
Earlier this year the Department for Transport, Transport for the North (TfN) and Network Rail sought views of rail users, the public and stakeholders on rail timetabling work that had been undertaken during 2020 by the Manchester Recovery Task Force (MRTF).
The MRTF was set up in January 2020 to develop and deliver solutions that improve the reliability of rail services for passengers. The MRTF was attended by a range of organisations, including the Department for Transport, TfN, train operators and Transport for Greater Manchester amongst others. The objective for the MRTF was to recast the rail timetable to address some of the structural issues around the pre-Covid timetable and provide reliable performance to passengers while different infrastructure solutions, with longer lead times, were planned, and delivered.
The public consultation, which ran from 14 January to 10 March 2021, has been used to help inform further work on the options. This led to a revised recommended timetable structure being developed. You can find out more about this timetable structure and why it was recommended in the consultation feedback document on the Department for Transport’s website.
Following that consultation, consideration of the comments received and the recommendation of the MRTF - and endorsed by the TfN Rail North Committee - Northern and TransPennine Express have produced indicative timetables which have now been published. These timetables are based on the MRTF’s recommended approach and are due to be introduced during December 2022.
Please note that these timetables will be subject to a bid and offer process with Network Rail and further operational refinement. The timings should therefore not be taken as definitive. Also, ongoing railway enhancement work including the Trans Pennine Upgrade will give rise to timetable amendments, during the course of the December 2022 timetable and in following years.
The timetables in detail
EWD – Monday to Saturday
SuO – Sunday only
Manchester – Newton-le-Willows – Liverpool
Ellesmere Port EWD
Liverpool and Chester – Manchester EWD
Liverpool and Chester – Manchester SuO
Manchester – Chester and Liverpool EWD
Manchester – Chester and Liverpool SuO
Cumbrian Coast and Lancaster/Windermere – Manchester Airport
Carlisle Barrow and Windermere – Lancaster and Manchester EWD
Carlisle Barrow and Windermere – Lancaster and Manchester SuO
Manchester and Lancaster – Windermere Barrow and Carlisle EWD
Manchester and Lancaster – Windermere Barrow and Carlisle SuO
Where more than one train operator delivers services on a route, timetables will include East Midlands Railway, Transport for Wales, TransPennine Express and Northern services. There are other train operators whose services are not directly affected by the MRTF work and therefore have not been included in these timetables. For further information visit their websites.
How to share your feedback
You can provide your feedback on the indicative Northern and TransPennine Express timetables until 1700 on 31 December 2021. We encourage early feedback using one of the methods below, in particular email and online.
• TransPennine Express:
E-mail: [email protected]
Post: Lucja Majewski-Kent, Regional Development Manager, TransPennine Express, 7th Floor, Bridgewater House, 60 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 6LT
If you would like to make your feedback jointly to both operators, we would welcome receiving that.
To support the effective delivery of the final timetable, your feedback may be shared with other operators (Northern, TransPennine, East Midlands Railway and Transport for Wales), so please let us know if you’d like it to be kept private. For further information about how we handle your data please visit our data privacy pages:
The feedback we receive will help inform the final stage of the MRTF timetable process, following the extensive consultation completed earlier this year. That timetable will be formally bid to Network Rail in early 2022 and, following this process, it’ll be introduced in December 2022.