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Many Northern train services to run again from end of July

Posted on - 23rd July, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston News, Transport
A Northern service
A Northern service

Rail passengers from Preston should find more services back on the boards from the end of July.

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Northern has issued an update to its temporary timetable.

Brought in from June after chaos across the railway network saw a lack of train drivers due to staff training meant hundreds of services were cancelled each day.

For anyone going to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly there will be all services put back in (31 daily services) from Blackpool, and these call at Preston.

17 of the 30 removed services between Blackpool South and Colne, via Preston, will be reintroduced on Monday 30 July. The remaining services will be put back in during September.

There will be ten services per day between Ormskirk and Preston with six brought back in during September.

The four services removed between Preston and Blackburn are also being put back in from Monday 30 July.

You can check individual trains and timetables on the Northern website.

Read more: Opinion on the Great North Fail Project

Northern has blamed delays in the electrification of the Manchester-Preston line and the Preston-Blackpool line for the timetable chaos.

Managing director David Brown said: “The May timetable caused significant disruption for customers on some routes on our network and we’re truly sorry for that. We introduced an interim timetable on a number of routes from 4 June, and that has enabled us to accelerate our driver training, stabilise service levels, improve performance and significantly reduce last-minute cancellations.

“Whilst we are ready to reintroduce all 168 daily services, given the need to drive further improvements across Manchester, we have agreed to a more gradual reintroduction of our services. A phased introduction is the right approach to ensure a more stable and reliable service for customers.”

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