Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Reduced service to / from Stockport from 22:30 on Saturday 25 and all day on Sunday 26 January

Start date
25/01/2020  00:00
End date
Route affected
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CrossCountry between Penzance / Plymouth / Paignton / Bournemouth / Reading / Bristol Temple Meads / Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly

East Midlands Railway between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street

Northern between Manchester Oxford Road / Manchester Piccadilly and Buxton / Stoke-on-Trent / Crewe

TransPennine Express between Cleethorpes / Sheffield and Manchester Airport

Transport for Wales between Milford Haven / Swansea / Carmarthen / Cardiff Central / Shrewsbury and Manchester Piccadilly

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly

TOC(s) affected
CrossCountryEast Midlands RailwayNorthernTransPennine ExpressTransport for WalesVirgin Trains

Engineering work is taking place between Macclesfield and Stockport, closing all lines.


After 22:35 on Saturday, trains will be diverted, not calling at Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield or Stockport.

Replacement buses will run between:

  • Stafford and Macclesfield via Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport via Macclesfield.

East Midlands Railway:

Trains running between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street will be diverted between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly, and will not call at Stockport.

Replacement buses will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport.


Buses replace trains between:

  • Manchester Piccadilly and Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Stockport and Wilmslow.
  • Stockport and Hazel Grove.

Additionally, some late night trains on Saturday will be replaced by buses or retimed to run earlier or later than usual in the Manchester area.

It is not yet known how TransPennine Express or Transport for Wales will be affected by this engineering work.

Virgin Trains:

Trains will be diverted, not calling at Macclesfield or Stockport and will run to an amended and reduced timetable to / from Manchester Piccadilly.

Replacement buses will run between Wilmslow and Macclesfield. Customers should use Northern buses between Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

Check before you travel:

If you are travelling with CrossCountry, Northern or Virgin Trains, you can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

If you are travelling with East Midlands Railway, these changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

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

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with here.