Future engineering work

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Buses replace trains between Manchester and Wigan North Western / Chester on Sunday 14 January

Start date
14/01/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Arriva Trains Wales between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester

Northern between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street

TransPennine Express between Manchester Airport and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh

TOC(s) affected
Arriva Trains WalesNorthernTransPennine Express

Engineering work, as part of the Great North Rail Project, is taking place between Manchester Piccadilly / Manchester Victoria and Eccles, closing all lines. As a result, trains will be unable to run between the stations.

Arriva Trains Wales:

Trains will be diverted to run via Northwich, and will be unable to stop at stations between Manchester and Chester. A replacement bus will run, calling at all stations between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester via Warrington Bank Quay.


Trains between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street will start from / terminate at Eccles. Replacement buses will run between Manchester Victoria and Eccles.

TransPennine Express:

Trains will run between Wigan North Western and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh. Replacement buses will run between Manchester Airport / Manchester Piccadilly and Wigan North Western. Customers should note that they will need to leave Manchester stations approximately 30 minutes earlier than usual to maintain connections at Wigan North Western.

The following amendments also apply:

The 10:00 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh service will start from Manchester Piccadilly at 09:15, and run via an alternative route to Wigan North Western.

The 19:57 Edinburgh to Manchester Airport service will run by an alternative route between Wigan North Western and Manchester Piccadilly. This train will terminate at Manchester Piccadilly at 23:51.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by typing in your station here.

Location Map:

For further location information on any railway station, please use this zoomable map


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.