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 Rail timetables confirmed ahead of strike action 3rd March 2018

Rail timetables confirmed ahead of strike action 3rd March 2018

Published on 23/02/2018

Passengers travelling to, from and within the Liverpool City Region are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel ahead of planned industrial action by members of the RMT union on Merseyrail and Northern rail services on Saturday 3rd March 2018.​

Merseyrail services are planned to run every 30 minutes, with the exception of the New Brighton to Liverpool which will be every hour, from around 07:00 to 19:00, with a break in service between approximately 11:30 and 13:30.

There will be no services on the following lines: Hunts Cross – Liverpool Central; Ellesmere Port – Hooton; Chester – Hooton, Kirkby – Liverpool Central and Ormskirk – Maghull.

Merseyrail tickets will be accepted on Arriva bus services. Passengers are strongly advised to check the Merseyrail website and Twitter @Merseyrail before travelling, as it is possible that timetables will change prior to, as well as during, strike action. 

Northern rail will be running a reduced service, some stations will have no service and all services will finish early. Full details will be available on the Northern rail website from Monday 26th February 2018.

Mersey Ferries are due to run as planned. Unfortunately, cross river rail tickets will not be accepted on this date.

Key advice for everyone in the City Region needing to travel on this date is:

·         Plan ahead and consider your alternative travel options. You can use the Merseytravel journey planner.

·         Check timetables and leave more time for your journey.

·         Don’t aim for the last bus or train home as services are likely to be very busy.

·         Stick to public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion on key routes in and out of the city centre including Mersey Tunnels. 

Fans of Liverpool and Newcastle football clubs will still be able to get to and from Anfield Stadium; there will be extra capacity on the 917 Stagecoach match day service to and from Liverpool city centre and other bus services are due to run as planned. There will be no SoccerBus from Sandhills as Merseyrail services will not stop at Sandhills station. 

Said Andy Heath, Managing Director at Merseyrail:

“Once again we would like to apologise to our passengers for having to endure yet another day of industrial action, now the sixteenth strike on the Merseyrail network since this dispute began. We are running as many services as possible on March 3rd to keep the city region moving and we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum for our passengers.”

Frank Rogers, Chief Executive of Merseytravel said:

“The Liverpool City Region remains open for business as it has done during previous strike days. Working with partners, we will make sure passengers travelling within the region and visiting from further afield will still be able to get to where they need to go. We thank our customers for their patience and ask them to leave plenty of time for their journeys as services will be busier.”

For up to the minute service information, visit:










​Mersey Ferries