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Northern issues quick reference festive travel guide

Train operator Northern, which run services on the Wharfedale Line from Ilkley, has published a calendar highlighting its travel guidance to customers over Christmas and the New Year.

It factors in the known industrial action, major engineering work and regular Christmas ‘shut down’ (Christmas Day & Boxing Day - as well as New Year’s Day in the North-East) up until Tuesday, 10 January, outlining the days when:

  • customers can travel but should expect disruption

  • customers should not travel due to very limited services

  • customers cannot travel as there are no services operating

  • customers can expect a normal service to be running

There will be no services running on the Wharfedale line on Christmas Eve, along with Christmas Day and Boxing Day. A limited service will run on Tuesday 27 December between 10am and 5pm (Download the Wharfedale timetable PDF).

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “We hope this quick reference guide will make it easier for customers to make travel arrangements over the Christmas period.

"The main cause of the disruption remains industrial action by the RMT union and we can only apologise to our customers for the inconvenience it will cause to their journeys.”

Northern’s new timetable came into effect just before this extended period of disruption, so it is advising customers to use the new ‘Check My Timetable’ feature on its website to see the changes specific to their local station.

Updated information about travelling by train during planned strike days can be found at


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