Last updated Monday 14th September 2020.

Travel Safely throughout August with Northern Trains…

Travelling Safely with Northern Trains posterGovernment advice is that anyone in England can use public transport and that you should consider all forms of transport when planning a journey.  If you do choose to travel by trainplease travel safeFind the latest government advice about travelling by public transport advice here.

You can also head to the Northern Trains website for the latest travel news and information here.

When travelling, you must wear a face covering on board the train (unless a medical condition or disability prevents you), try to avoid busy periods and check the times and plan your journey before you travel.

If you are showing any Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, you must avoid public transport and self-isolate along with other members of your household.  Find the latest guidance on COVID-19 Public Health England here.


Temporary timetables for the Leeds -Settle-Carlisle railway…

Temporary timetables are in operation across the Northern Trains rail network.  Click the links below for the latest timetable service for the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle rail lines.

New Timetable Service: 14th September – 12th December:

To see the full list of temporary timetables currently in service across the Northern Trains network, click here.

Additional Sunday Service:

From Sunday 16th August, the Sunday 16:07 service departing from Carlisle will now call at Ribblehead, at approx. 17:17, and Horton-in-Ribblesdale, at approx. 17:24.

Please note that the two additional calling points and times do not currently feature on the Northern Trains or National Rail online journey planners.

It is important that you check your journey times prior to travelling.  Due to the current situation, travel times are subject to change at short notice. Plan your journey on the Northern Trains website here.

Local Restrictions…

If you are travelling to or from an area affected by the regional COVID-19 restrictions, please follow government guidance for your area.

Find information about local restrictions on the government advice page here.


Safer Travel with Northern Trains…

Capacity across the Northern Trains network is significantly  limited.  This is due to measures which have been introduced to encourage social distancing.  Before travel or when planning a journey, remember to:

  • Buy your ticket online,  via the Northern website here, orpay by Contactless Card
  • Respect social distancing rules
  • Follow the instructions at stations and of staff
  • Wear a face covering, this is mandatory on all public transport unless you have a medical exception or disability that prevents you from doing so
  • Take your face covering and litter with you
  • Wash your hands before and after your journey
  • Avoid rush hour and travel at quieter periods  where possible
  • Allow extra time for your journey

Search travel timetables and purchase tickets for travel in the North of England by visiting the Northern Trains website here.

Search national travel times and purchase tickets on the  National Rail Enquiries website here.

What you can do to protect yourself​​​​​​​ …

If you are showing any Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate along with other members of your household.  The latest Public Health England advice is available here.

Wear a face covering…

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all customers and Northern staff are asked to wear face coverings when on trains and at stations.  This government directive is mandatory on all forms of public transport.

Face coverings can include masks, reusable cloth coverings and a whole range of other options including scarves and bandanas- as long as the wearer’s nose and mouth are covered.  Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings, including children under 11, people with breathing difficulties and those with conditions or disabilities that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.  Northern Trains and the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company ask all passengers to be mindful and respectful of this fact and customers should not challenge others who are not able to wear a covering.

For further information, read the latest government advice for passengers using public transport here.

What Northern Trains is doing to protect customers​​​​​​​ …

Until further notice all waiting rooms at Northern stations will be closed.  This follows advice from government and is in-line with action taken by train operators across the country.

Northern have a robust plan in place for cleaning our trains.  This includes the removal of litter throughout the day and ensuring surfaces are cleaned on a regular basis.

On-board Northern trains and at stations, where facilities exist, there is soap and water available in our toilets for customers to follow NHS advice to wash their hands for 20 seconds.  If come across a toilet with no soap, please alert a member of  staff at the station.

To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about travel by train, visit the Northern Trains website here.


Assisted Travel…

The Northern Trains passenger assistance service is available as usually during the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information, visit the Northern Trains website here.


Tickets & Refunds…

Northern Trains have suspended the selling of tickets on board all train services.  Customers still require a ticket to travel and should buy before boarding from a station ticket office, ticket machine, or online via the web or the free Northern mobile app.  Northern are not accepting cash payments until further notice and passengers should use contactless payment where possible.  Those who wish to use cash for payment should use relevant ticket machines where available.

Purchase tickets online using the Northern Trains website here.

Check travel times and purchase tickets ‘on the go’ by downloading the free mobile app from Northern Trains here.

Ticket Offices:

Northern ticket offices remain open.  If board at a staffed station during opening hours, staff will be ready to assist you with tickets for your journey.  Carlisle, Appleby, Settle, Skipton and Leeds are all staffed stations.  Learn more about stations along the Settle-Carlisle railway here.

Ticket Vending Machines:

Most of our stations now have Ticket Vending Machines which sell tickets to all locations in the UK.  Check station facilities by visiting the National Rail website here.

Ticket Refunds:

Northern have made changes to their refunds/amendments policy.  To find out more about refunds click here.

To help people during lockdown, train operators agreed with government to relax a number of conditions of travel.  Now, as most services are running and lockdown-related refunds have been processed, the relaxations are being returned to their previous conditions, starting from 7th September.

Read more about changes to ticket refunds here.


Find us on social…

Follow the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company on Facebook  and  Twitter  for the latest travel news from the region of railway.

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