Northern announces new timetable and safety measures in boost to peak commuter services

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Northern has announced new timetables to help customers returning to work following the further relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

From Monday (July 6) more services will be operating in the traditional morning and evening peaks with a focus on getting people to and from major towns and cities, including Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester.

Trains are expected become busier than they have been during the past few months as people return to work. All rail travellers, except those exempt, must continue to wear face coverings when travelling and observe social distancing where possible.

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Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “With more people returning to work, we are re-introducing some peak time services to help keep the north on the move.

Sheffield train station.Sheffield train station.
Sheffield train station.

“But we need our customers to do their bit in keeping themselves and others as safe as possible.

“Face coverings remain mandatory for all – with some exceptions – and all customers should continue washing their hands as often as possible and try to maintain distance between them and other rail travellers. Although we’re adding more peak services, we’re asking people to travel outside of the busier peak hours where possible.”

Alongside the amended timetables Northern will also utilise additional carriages, where possible, to make longer trains and provide extra room for customers.

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All trains and stations will undergo enhanced cleaning using specialist cleaners, and vending machines will be installed for face coverings and hand sanitiser at some key stations.

For full information about Northern’s timetables – and to plan you journeys – please visit the Northern website or National Rail Enquiries.