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Advice for travellers ahead of industrial action on the rail network on Monday

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Travellers in the north west are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel, ahead of industrial action on both the Merseyrail network and Northern services on Monday.

While train users will be most directly impacted, officials say the whole transport network is expected to be busier as people find other ways to travel.

Merseyrail services are planned to run every half hour on all routes from around 7am to 7pm. All trains will be six carriages long.

However, 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 the operator will also be running a greatly reduced, and revised, timetable. Services by other mainline train operators will continue to run as normal.

Credit: Picture: Northern

“We are acutely aware of the important role that Northern plays in keeping the north of England moving, would ask for your patience on Monday, and ask all our customers to individually take time to consider whether your journey is necessary and if it is, please plan carefully.”

– Sharon Keith, Regional Director for Northern

“We expect to be able to run the revised timetable published earlier this week, as long as other staff who are not on strike come to work as normal.

"However, it is possible that services change prior to, as well as during, strike action, so we strongly advise passengers to check our website and Twitter feed before travelling.’

– Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Managing Director at Merseyrail
  • For the latest on Merseyrail services click hereor follow @Merseyrail on Twitter. You can also call 0151 555 1111
  • For the latest on Northern services click here or follow @northernassist on Twitter.
  • You can also go to www.nationalrail.co.uk and www.merseytravel.gov.uk/railstrike