East Lancashire’s main train operator, Northern, has urged customers to only travel ‘if essential’ today (18 July) and tomorrow (Tuesday 19 July).

They have also told customers to expect some travel disruption and will be reducing the number of trains running.

Given the expected high temperatures and weather warnings issued by government, the train operator is urging customers to stay indoors and keep cool.

Chris Jackson, regional director for Northern, said: “Whilst this isn't a 'Do Not Travel' notice - which we have in place across some parts of our network tomorrow - given the guidance published by government and expected disruption caused by extreme temperatures, we would advise customers only to travel if they really have to.

“There will be blanket speed reductions in place and a limited timetable in operation throughout the region.”

Northern’s announcement follows Network Rail’s decision to close the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between 12pm and 8pm tomorrow for all locations between London King’s Cross and York and Leeds due to the extreme weather.

Northern's has also issued some tips for travelling in the heat. They are:

  • Carry a bottle of water with you to keep hydrated
  • If waiting at a station, try and find a safe spot in the shade
  • If you do have to go into the sun, apply some sun cream and wear a hat
  • If you start to feel ill; do not board the train, speak to a member of staff or use the help point at the station

They will also be reducing the number of trains running and journey times will be significantly extended due to speed restrictions in place.

Additionally, some routes will be closed completely.

For more information, please visit: northernrailway.co.uk/service-updates/check-before-you-travel