Whilst it is still in the consultation stage, there is now a proposal for how the May 2018 timetable will look across Northern. In terms of the North West and in particular around Manchester, several interesting new through services will be created if it goes ahead: Hourly Alderley Edge to Wigan NW via Bolton (semi-fast north of Manchester) Hourly Crewe to Liverpool via Man Airport and Chat Moss (the stopping service) Hourly Macclesfield to Blackpool North via Bolton (semi-fast to Preston, then all stops to Blackpool) Two trains per hour Rochdale to Southport via Atherton, with one originating in Leeds and the other Blackburn via Copy Pit (both semi-fast on Atherton line). Two trains per hour Rochdale to Blackburn via Bolton, with the all stops continuing to Clitheroe. Hourly Stalybridge to Wigan via Bolton (stopping service). Hourly Stalybridge to Man Vic shuttle. Hourly Man Vic to Wigan and hourly Man Vic to Kirkby, both via Atherton and both stopping services. The Kirkby won't call at Moorside though. Hourly Man Vic to Preston (all stops north of Bolton). Hourly Man Airport to Lancaster via Chat Moss/Wigan (four per day to Windermere, the rest to Barrow). There will also only be one all stops service per hour along the Airport line (the Crewe-Liverpool). The rest will be picked up on a skip-stop basis by, I think, every single Northern service using the line. The Man Airport-Leeds via Bradford is down to call at Burnage for example.