City region travellers urged to plan ahead of strike action

Fri, August 25th, 2017

Further strike action announced for September

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 be 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 aush as the Mersey Tunnels and raods in and out of the City Centre. Bus may be a good alternative for you on strike days, with an extensive network across teh 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 ahve 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: Merseyrail 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 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 Strret) 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

For the latest on Merseyrail services visit or follow @Merseyrail on Twitter. You can also call 0151 555 1111.

For the latest on Northern services visit,, , follow @northernassist on Twitter or call 0800 200 6060

If you need additional help in planning your journeys call Merseytravel on 0151 330 1000

Said Frank Rogers, Chief Executive of Merseytravel:

"RMT guards choosing to strike over three days on Merseyrail, over and above the two strike days called on other networks, is a cynical and disappointing move to target yet another big event in the City Region following action taken during the Grand National, The Open, the inaugural British Style Collective and LIMF.

"Throughout the three days of action Merseyrail will be deploying all resources available, but they are extremely limited. Passengers are advised to plan ahead and consider their other travel options."

Said Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Managing Director at Merseyrail:
"The RMT union is continuing its campaign against the staffing arrangements for the new trains, and once again, it will be passengers who are inconvenienced by this action. With none of our permanent guards being forced to leave Merseyrail, these strikes are unnecessary.

"The new trains will be modern, safer, faster and more reliable than the ones they replace, with the capacity to support economic growth. They will still have staff on board, and Merseyrail will continue to be one of the most generously staffed rail networks in the country."

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