Last updated: Weds 1st July 2020.

June Update: Essential Travel on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Railway…

Northern Trains are continuing to operate a reduced timetable service in support of the national effort to delay the spread of Coronavirus. The current timetable is for essential travel only.

Essential travel timetables are in operation across the whole Northern Trains rail network including the Leeds – Settle – Carlisle, Leeds – Bentham – Lancaster/Morecambe rail.

Click the links below for the latest timetable service updates:

Key Workers Timetable; Monday – Saturday:

Key Workers Timetable; Sunday:

Key Workers Timetable; Monday – Saturday – From 6th July:

Additional Bus Service Between Kirkby Stephen and Carlisle:

An additional bus service, to aid commuters travelling north of the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle rail line, is available between Kirkby Stephen and Carlisle. For journey times, visit the Northern Trains website here. As with all Northern timetabled services, the additional bus service should not be used for non-essential travel.

Key Workers Bus Service Timetable; Monday – Saturday:

It is important that you check your journey times prior to travelling. Due to the uncertainty of the current climate, travel times are subject to change at short notice.

Capacity across the Northern network is significantly limited. This is due to measures which have been introduced to encourage social distancing. 

If your only option is to travel by train, please:   

  • Buy your ticket online, via the Northern website here,  or pay by contactless card
  • Respect the 2m rule
  • Follow the instructions at stations and of staff
  • Wear a face covering, this is mandatory on all trains from Monday 15th June
  • 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

Click here to search the latest travel timetables, and to purchase tickets, for travel in the North of England by visiting the Northern Trains website.

Click here to search national travel times, and to purchase tickets, by visiting the National Rail Enquiries website.

We will continue to post any further travel information, as and when it is made available, on our website here.


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

The government is advising that everyone should avoid  all non-essential public transport  use  and, where possible, should try to avoid rush hour services. People should also vary usual travel times to prevent crowding and, if  possible,  work from home.

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.

Read more about Coronavirus Travel information on the Northern Trains website here.

Have you got it covered?

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people return to work, all customers and Northern staff are being asked to wear face coverings when on trains and at stations.

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. This government directive is being implemented on all forms of public transport. 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. For further information, read the latest Government advice on travel for passengers using public transport here.

The government mandate covers the majority of passengers, although there will be some exemptions for some staff and customers who are not able to wear a face covering for specific medical reasons. Northern is asking all passengers to be mindful and respectful of this fact and customers should not challenge others who are not able to wear a covering. As well as asking people to wear face coverings, Northern is also reminding its customers that public transport should only be used if no other options are available. Whilst non-essential shops begin to reopen from June 15th, this does not mean non-essential journeys should be made by train or other forms of public transport.

Read more about what Northern Trains are doing to protect customers during the Coronavirus global pandemic 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.

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

On-board our 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 you come across a toilet with no soap, please alert a member of staff.

To read more information and view a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Northern Trains website here.


Tickets & Refunds…

Northern Trains have suspended the selling of tickets on board all train services. Customers will still require a ticket to travel and should buy before they board from station ticket offices, ticket machines,  and 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 in advanced of your journey. Click here to visit the Northern Trains website and complete your booking.

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

Ticket Offices:
Northern ticket offices remain open so,  if you’re starting your journey from a staffed station during opening hours,  our helpful staff will be ready to sell you the ticket you need.  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.  Find out about station facilities by visiting the National Rail website here.

Ticket Refunds:

Northern have made  changes to their refunds/amendments policy. Please  click here  for more details.


Buy or Renew A Dales Railcard for Savings off Essential Travel…

Essential travellers* can now purchase or renew a Dales Railcard via our web shop, from the comfort and safety of their own home, to save a 1/3rd on essential travel along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Bentham-Lancaster/Morecambe rail lines.

The Dales Railcard costs just £10 and is valid for 12 months. The railcard provides savings of 1/3rd on the cost of tickets between all stations on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Bentham-Lancaster/Morecambe lines. The railcard can also be used for essential travelbetween Brampton and Wetheral, on the Tyne Valley line, and between Clitheroe/Whalley and Hellifield (Sundays only).
Railcards can be purchased by residents of select postcode areas bounding the Settle to Carlisle railway; between Skipton and Carnforth, Carlisle and Brampton or in the Clitheroe/Whalley area.

You can find more information about eligibility and terms and conditions for the Dales Railcard here.

*In line with government advice, you should only travel if it is essential for you to do so. If you must travel, social distancing measures should be adhered to throughout your journey.

To read more about the Dales Railcard, purchase or renew, click here.


Helpful Links…

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

For more information and guidance, click the links included below:


UK Government –

Read more about what Northern Trains are doing to protect customers during the Coronavirus global pandemic here.

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