Last updated Tuesday 4th August 2020.

Travel Safely & Explore Settle-Carlisle Country this summer…

Travelling Safely with Northern TrainsAs a result of the continuing impact of COVID-19 Northern Trains are running an amended temporary timetable along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway, in line with the rest of the rail industry.

Government 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 train, please travel safe. You must wear a face covering on board the train (unless a medical condition or disability prevents you), try to avoid busy periods varying your usual travel times to prevent crowding and check the times of your journey before you travel.

For more information on public transport advice from the government click here.

If you are showing any Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, you must avoid public transport and self-isolate along with other members of your household.

You can read the latest Public Health England advice here.

To read more about travelling by train, visit the Northern Trains Coronavirus Travel Information website page here.

If you are travelling to or from an area affected by the regional COVID-19 restrictions, please follow government guidance for your area.  Information can be found on the Goverment advice page here or at

Temporary Timetables for the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Railway…

Temporary timetables are in operation across the Northern Trains rail network including the Leeds – Settle – Carlisle and Leeds – Bentham – Lancaster/Morecambe railway lines.  Click below for the latest timetable service updates:

Key Workers Timetable; Monday – Saturday:

Key Workers Timetable; Sunday:

Find full details of these timetables on the Northern Trains website  here.

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.

If you are travelling to or from an area affected by the regional COVID-19 restrictions, please follow government guidance for your area.  Information can be found on the Goverment advice page here or at

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 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

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​​​​​​​ …

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

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

Wear a face covering…

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all customers and Northern staff are being asked to wear face coverings when on trains and at stations.  This government directive is being implemented 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.  For further information, read the latest Government advice for passengers using public transport here.

The government mandate covers the majority of passengers, although there are exemptions for 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.

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 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.

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 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.  To find out more about refunds click here.

Buy or Renew A Dales Railcard for Savings off Travel…

Purchase or renew a Dales Railcard via our web shop, to save a 1/3rd on 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 travel between 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.

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

Find more information about eligibility and terms and conditions for the Dales Railcard 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:

Northern Trains:

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

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