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Amended Northern service between Salford Crescent and Bolton / Atherton from Saturday 30 December to Monday 1 January 

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Engineering work details

Starts 30 Dec 2023 to 01 Jan 2024

Train operators affected

Route(s) affected

Between Salford Crescent and Bolton / Atherton


Engineering work is taking place between Salford Crescent and Bolton / Atherton, closing some lines. ​​​​​​​

Saturday and Sunday

  • Trains from Manchester Airport to Barrow-in-Furness / Windermere will start at Bolton, and will call additionally at stations between Bolton and Preston.

  • Trains from Windermere / Barrow-in-Furness to Manchester Airport will call additionally at stations between Preston and Bolton, and will terminate at Bolton.

Saturday to Monday

  • Trains between Blackpool North and Manchester Airport will be diverted via Wigan North Western and will not call at stations via Bolton.

  • Trains between Southport and Manchester Oxford Road will terminate / start at Bolton.

  • Trains between Wigan Wallgate and Leeds will start / terminate from Manchester Victoria.

Rail replacement buses will be provided between Bolton and Manchester Victoria / Manchester Piccadilly, and also between Wigan Wallgate and Manchester Victoria via Atherton.


Trains between Manchester Airport and Barrow-in-Furness / Windermere will not run.

A shuttle train service will be provided between Blackpool North and Bolton.

Check before you travel: 

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice: 

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Please be advised that, on occasion, replacement vehicles may be busier than usual, and you should allow extra time for your journey.