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What is happening?

Updated: 4 August 2022

People travelling to, from and within the Liverpool City Region are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel, due to proposed industrial action taking place on the public transport network during the next couple of weeks.

The action affects bus and rail services and as we don’t now how long it will continue, it is best to plan your journeys on a regular basis.

The majority of bus services in the Liverpool City Region are operated on a commercial basis by bus operators, including Arriva. Under the current bus system, these types of bus services are not provided under a contract to Merseytravel and the Liverpool City Region.

Merseytravel and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are not part of any negotiations between operators and the trade unions and are not in a position to be able to provide alternative services in case of this industrial action.

There is information and advice for you below and we’ll be bringing you updates as they come in.


What you need to know


There is planned strike action by members of Unite and GMB on Arriva services from:

Wednesday 20 July for a continuous, indefinite period

This  will affect all Arriva services in the Liverpool City Region.


A number of unions have announced further strike action, co-ordinated across several train operators and Network Rail, on:

  • Saturday August 13 - ASLEF
  • Thursday 18 August - RMT and TESSA
  • Saturday 20 August - RMT and TESSA

This means services will be severely reduced on city lines in out of Lime Street Station on the day of the strikes.

Train operators are advising essential travel only and that disruption is also expected on days either side of the strike days.

What you can do to help

We advise that you check directly with your rail and bus operator for the latest information, including advice about advanced bookings,  as things may change and at short notice.

If you do need to travel by public transport, please consider the following advice:

  • Plan your journeys
  • Check timetables ahead of and on your day of travel
  • Consider your options and plan for alternative travel arrangements
  • Leave more time for your journey. Services may be subject to delays and cancellations, and buses and trains are likely to be busier than usual.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion on key routes including those in and out of the city centre, including Mersey Tunnels

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More information

For help planning your journey, or to find out what other services are available during a strike day, please download the Merseytravel app or use the online journey planner