All travellers in the Liverpool City Region are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel ahead of forthcoming industrial action on both the Merseyrail network and Northern services.
Guards represented by the RMT union will be taking three days of action on the Merseyrail network – Friday 1st, Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th September, and two days of action on Northern services – Friday 1st and Monday 4th September.
While train users will be most directly impacted, the whole transport network is expected to be busier as people find other ways to travel.
Merseyrail services, made up of six cars, are planned to run every half hour on all routes from around 7am to 7pm (Friday and Monday) and 8am to 7pm (Sunday). However, they won’t operate on all sections of routes or call at all stations and there will be a break in service for a few hours in the middle of each day
Northern will also be running a greatly reduced and revised timetable on Friday and Monday. Services are planned to run between around 7am and 7pm.
If you are heading to the Blackpool illuminations ‘switch on’ using Northern services, you are advised to make alternative arrangements for your journey home.
Services by other mainline train operators will continue to run as normal.
There is special travel advice for people attending Fusion Festival at Otterspool Prom on Sunday 3rd September as there will be no Merseyrail services directly to or from the event.
Key advice (General)
- Check before you travel: If you’re a rail user plan based on current information available, but prepared to adapt your plans as timetables may change on strike days,
- Leave longer for your journey: Rail stations are likely to be busier as a result of reduced rail services. Don’t aim for the last scheduled train, get there early.
- Avoid travelling at peak times where possible.
- Stick to public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion on key routes such as the Mersey Tunnels and roads in and out of the City Centre. Bus may be a good alternative for you on strike day, with an extensive network across the Liverpool City Region
- Speak to your employer about whether there is any flexibility in working times or the possibility of working from home.
- If you have no option but to drive, consider car sharing.
Key advice (Fusion Festival)
Saturday 2nd September: All rail services will be operating as normal, meaning that festival goers can get to and from Liverpool on mainline services (to/from Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool South Parkway), or by Merseyrail services. You can get a direct Merseyrail service to the festival site (Aigburth) from Liverpool South Parkway or Liverpool Central, which is a short walk away from Lime Street station.
Sunday 3rd September: Services won’t be an option to get directly to or from the event, with no services running to the festival site (Aigburth). However, all other rail operators will be running as normal, operating into Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool South Parkway. Commercial bus services and an event shuttle bus (from Lime Street) can get you to and from the event, and the city centre.
- For general travel advice and options during the strike and for advice on alternatives to get you to and from Fusion Festival visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/railstrike
- For the latest on Merseyrail services visit www.merseyrail.org/strike or follow @Merseyrail on Twitter. You can also call 0151 555 1111
- For the latest on Northern services visit www.nationalrail.co.uk, www.northernrailway.co.uk/industrialaction, www.journeycheck.com/northernrail , follow @northernassist on Twitter or call 0800 200 6060
- If you need additional help in planning your journeys call Merseytravel on 0151 330 1000