Changes to Ticket Restrictions

Off-Peak Ticket Restrictions are Changing

From Sunday 7 September, Northern Rail is making changes to its off-peak ticket restrictions for journeys in the Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire areas.

The changes now mean that off-peak tickets can no longer be used at peak times during weekday evenings between 16:01 and 18:29 - these changes do not apply to weekends or Bank Holidays.

Northern Rail's off-peak restrictions will apply to all train operators running services along the affected routes – a full breakdown is available here.

Please note, these changes do not apply to season tickets or anytime fares.

If you currently use off-peak tickets during weekday evening peak times, you will now either have to travel earlier or later, or buy an anytime ticket.


  • Why are These Restrictions Happening?

    Northern Rail is making these changes as part of its franchise agreement with the Department for Transport - further information is available here.

  • Which Ticket Types are Restricted?

    A breakdown of affected ticket types across Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire areas are available here.

  • What Do You Advise Me to Do?

    In the first instance, we would advise you to check if your journey is affected by going here.

    If you travel from time to time during the evening peak with an off-peak ticket, you will now need to travel either before or after 16.01 and 18.29, or buy an anytime ticket.

    If you're a regular traveller during this time, it might be beneficial to buy a season ticket, which can be purchased for a week, month or year and offer significant discounts.


  • Where Can I Go For More Information?

    A full breakdown of affected journeys and ticket types is available here.


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