A Northern train on the Southport to Manchester line, pictured at Southport Train Station

Capacity on the Southport to Manchester train services will be “significantly reduced” from Monday due to social distancing measures.

Asd a result, Northern is asking  that only key workers and those whose journeys are essential use rail services.

The firm is introducing amended timetables from Monday (18 May).

The new timetables will see the introduction of additional services on some routes, but overall capacity on trains will be significantly reduced to assist with social distancing.

Government advice remains that people should avoid using public transport where possible.

Those who do need to travel by train should follow a few simple steps. Maintain social distancing where possible, wash hands before and after travel and, if possible, wear a face covering.


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Northern will also continue to support social distancing and enhanced cleaning of touch points at stations and on trains.

A spokesperson for the rail operator said: “From next week we will begin to introduce an amended timetable that will introduce additional services on some routes. However, due to social distancing, there will be significantly reduced capacity on each and every one of our trains.

“We’re therefore calling on people to help us keep the railway clear for those who need it most  and to only take the train if there’s no other way to travel. Those customers who have to travel by train should plan ahead, check the new timetable, and consider whether journeys are absolutely essential.”

For up-to-date travel information please visit the Northern website or National Rail Enquiries.

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