Both Chester services are also still severely reduced from mid-September. On the Chester-Victoria service they are removing evening journeys, rather than adding additional ones. On the Chester-Piccadilly via Altrincham line anyone working in Chester needs to be on a train leaving at 17:02, if they can't make that they need to wait until 19:02! It's also not good for those working in Northwich (arriving from the Knutsford/Altrincham direction) as the 08:37 arrival hasn't been reinstated, there is a 09:07 arrival but if workers use that it's going to be difficult to do a full day's work and make a 17:33 departure home, with the 18:33 not operating. Note this is on a line which is supposed to have a half-hourly service between Greenbank and Manchester.The Ellesmere Port - Helsby service was reduced to just one very early Liverpool - Earlestown - Ellesmere Port - Manchester Victoria - Bradford - Leeds diagram from July (SuX).
It would now appear that from September 14th, this will be replaced by a single evening Leeds - Bradford - Manchester Victoria - Ellesmere Port - Earlestown - Liverpool (SSuX) diagram.
Northern would appear to be using Covid-19 to reduce the service to an unusable level. The fear is that they may never reinstate workings in both the morning and evening peaks meaning passengers cannot make return journeys.