Christmas and New Year changes

A reminder that times and service patterns change over the Christmas and New Year period. In particular, the train service on Christmas Eve is curtailed in mid-evening, and there are no trains on either Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Rather than try to summarise all the changes here, the link to changes is

One thing of note is that on New Year’s Day, Manchester Victoria is closed and there are no trains between Manchester and Marsden.

In the old days, the train companies would have simply put on a replacement bus between Manchester/Stalybridge and Huddersfield, even when the line between Huddersfield and Marsden was unaffected.

This time, however, TPE are running trains from Huddersfield to Slaithwaite and Marsden, with a replacement bus covering Marsden to Greenfield, Mossley, Stalybridge, Manchester. It’s the Middlesbrough train, so timings at Slaithwaite & Marsden are different from normal.

We have been critical of TPE and Network Rail when they have got things wrong, so it’s only fair to give due credit when (as on this occasion) they get things right.

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