Trains now operating between Rochdale and Manchester Victoria
Date published: 08 November 2019
Photo: Russell Clarke
The Manchester Victoria to Rochdale line has reopened
Update 2pm Friday 8 November
Flooding on the Calder Valley (between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge) has subsided with services now running between Manchester Victoria and Leeds. There are still speed restrictions on the line which means some services may be delayed.
Update 1pm Friday 8 November
Although flood water is subsiding, the line between Rochdale and Hebden Bridge is still closed.
Rail services have now (Friday 8 November) begun to operate between Rochdale and Manchester Victoria, following Thursday’s (7 November) weather.
As of 9.30am, the route between Rochdale and Hebden Bridge is not expected to open before midday today, whilst services are running between Manchester Victoria and Rochdale, and Hebden Bridge and Leeds.
Ticket acceptance is in place with Metrolink and TransPennine Express.
Despite improving weather in many areas this morning there remains potential for disruption to services throughout the day on Friday and, possibly into the weekend.
Northern customers are advised to allow extra time for travel and to check ahead.
A Northern spokesperson said: "The Friday morning peak will still see disruption on several routes and disruption is likely for the rest of the day in some areas.
"We are still advising customers on a small number of routes - particularly in South Yorkshire - not to travel as flooding is making rail and road travel extremely difficult.
"Colleagues at Network Rail have inspected the tracks and working hard to return them to normal working, but at present we have no estimate as to when we will be able to operate services on the affected routes."
The spokesperson added: "Northern would like to thank customers for their understanding and patience as we continue to try to run as many services as possible."
For up-to-the-minute train running information please check National Rail Enquiries:
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