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 Travellers urged to plan journeys ahead of rail strikes

Travellers urged to plan journeys ahead of rail strikes

Published on 26/09/2017
Passengers travelling to, from and within the Liverpool City Region are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel ahead of RMT strike action on both Merseyrail and Northern services on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th October.

Most Merseyrail services are planned to run every half hour from around 7am to 7pm, with a break in service between 1130 and 1430.

15 minute services will be maintained between 0730 and midnight between Liverpool South ​Parkway (LSP) and Liverpool Central, as LSP will be the mainline rail hub during the Lime Street station upgrade work (30th September to 22nd October).

Passengers are strongly advised to check the Merseyrail website and Twitter feed before travelling, as it is possible that timetables will change prior to, as well as during, strike action.  

Meanwhile, passengers who travel with Northern are also advised to check before they travel as Northern is planning on running limited services between 7am and 7pm on 3rd and 5th October. More information will be available soon. 

Northern trains are the only mainline rail services affected by strike action within the Liverpool City Region. However all mainline rail services will be seeing changes between 30th September and 22nd October as a result of the Lime Street Upgrade, Therefore, if you use Northern on 3rd and 5th of October you will have consider both the impact of strike action and any changes to your journey as a result of the Lime Street Upgrade.

Key advice for everyone in the City Region needing to travel on these dates is:

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 these dates  
Railway stations are likely to be busier as a result of reduced rail services. Don't aim for the last scheduled train, get there early.
If you're not a rail user, you're still likely to be affected as people find alternative ways to travel. Leave longer for your journey and avoid travelling at peak times where possible.
Bus may be a good alternative, with an extensive network across the Liverpool City Region. Some services will be monitored and strengthened on key routes. 
The Mersey Ferries will be a good alternative if you're travelling cross river, free car-parking at Seacombe for 370 cars with frequent commuter services Monday to Friday.
Cyclists can use valid cross river tickets on the Mersey Ferries
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.
Speak to your employer about whether there is any flexibility in working times or the possibility of working from home.

Further information and travel options are available:


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

Use Merseytravel’s journey planner to see your travel options   and get more details on routes and timetables at      ​

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

Said Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Managing Director at Merseyrail:

“The RMT has deliberately targeted these two strikes days to take place as the major programme of work to upgrade Lime Street mainline stations gets underway. This follows their previous form, where they have targeted the Grand National at Aintree, the LIMF and Fusion music festivals and the Open Golf tournament at Royal Birkdale. 

“We have devised a timetable that helps keep the city region moving, and our services will get people to and from Liverpool South Parkway, as planned. However, it does mean that there will be fewer services on other parts of the network, so we urge our passengers to consult our website and follow us on social media in order to plan their journeys.

Sharon Keith, Northern Regional Director said:

“Customers can be assured that we are doing all we can to keep them on the move on 3rd and 5th October.  We are working with Merseytravel to support our customers travelling into Liverpool on strike days, which coincide with major engineering work at Lime Street station.  Our services will run between 7am and 7pm, but they will be limited and we expect them to be busy. The Northern team will be out across the network supporting customers on their journeys.”


Frank Rogers, Chief Executive of Merseytravel said:

“There are robust plans in place to help people travel around during both the rail strikes and the Lime Street station upgrade works.

“We are calling on our customers, both local and from further afield, to once again to help keep the City Region moving by checking timetables and plan their journeys whether it’s by rail, bus, ferry or car.”