People in West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester are set to benefit from improved connectivity, new journey opportunities and enhanced reliability as part of a transformational timetable change by TransPennine Express (TPE) making it even easier to travel to work, or plan a day out with friends or family.
Part of the Great North Rail Project (GNRP), the changes will come into effect from 20 May 2018 and will see the train company operating six trains an hour across the Pennines between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester.
From May, two** of these hourly services will begin calling at intermediate stations (previously served by Northern Rail) between Manchester and Leeds, providing these communities with direct connections to Leeds and faster journeys to Manchester. Customers will also benefit from travelling on modern, fully refurbished trains featuring new high-quality seating and carpets, charging points and fast, free Wi-Fi in both standard and first class.
Northern Rail will continue to operate additional services to these intermediate stations during peak times, Monday to Friday.
Those travelling from Leeds or Huddersfield into Manchester are advised to travel on express services into Manchester Victoria. From May, the journey between Leeds and Manchester will be faster and will take just 46 minutes compared to 55 today.
These plans will mean significant changes to customers journeys and those travelling into Manchester from the East will find that they are travelling into a different city centre station than before.
There will be two TPE trains per hour from Stalybridge to Manchester however these will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly. Going forward, there will no longer be a direct connection from Stalybridge to Liverpool Lime Street via Manchester Oxford Road, Birchwood, Warrington Central, Liverpool South Parkway and customers for these stations are advised to change in Manchester.
We would advise all customers to plan their journeys accordingly and check before they travel.
Commenting on the upcoming timetable change, Leo Goodwin, Managing Director for TransPennine Express said: “This is one of the biggest timetable changes the North has seen and will deliver real benefits for customers, whether travelling for work or leisure.
“Customers in this part of the country are already benefitting from a £32million overhaul of our train fleet with the on-board experience having been totally transformed. The upgrade features new high-quality seating and carpets, charging points, fast, free Wi-Fi in both standard and first class plus access to free entertainment system, Exstream - from May."
“We are delivering an investment of more than £500million over the next two years in enhanced services, more seats and brand new trains for communities across the North and into Scotland.”
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** These two services calling at intermediate stations are:
• Manchester Piccadilly – Stalybridge – Mossley – Slaithwaite – Huddersfield – Dewsbury – Batley – Leeds - Garforth – Selby – Brough – Hull
• Manchester Piccadilly – Stalybridge – Greenfield – Marsden – Huddersfield – Deighton – Mirfield – Ravensthorpe – Dewsbury – Batley – Morley – Cottingley (peak hours only) - Leeds