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Football fans advised to check before they travel to Sunday's two big derby matches

Old Trafford and Anfield Credit: Anthony Devlin/EMPICS Sport/ Richard Sellers/PA Archive/PA Images

Fans heading to tomorrow's two north west derby matches are being advised to plan their journeys and check before they travel.

Merseyside Police says it is working closely with Liverpool Football Club to monitor the weather ahead of tomorrow's derby fixture at Anfield.

Everton are due to face Liverpool while Manchester United will host Manchester City just hours after a predicted persistent and potentially heavy spell of snow.

At this stage both games are still planned to go ahead.

"We will be monitoring the weather forecast and assessing any travel disruption. We will be meeting with the club early tomorrow morning and fans will be updated as soon as possible."

– Ch Supt Chris Markey, Merseyside Police

While both Old Trafford and Anfield have under-soil heating, the club will be keen to protect the safety of fans if there is heavy snow on the roads around the stadiums.

Final decisions are expected to be made tomorrow morning.

Bus strike over - according to Arriva

Striking bus staff Credit: ITV Granada

Arriva North West say that bus drivers have accepted a deal which ends the ongoing strike action..

Drivers have staged a number of walk outs over pay.

Tonight management have announced that all strikes have been cancelled after union members accepted a two year wage agreement

Arriva North West says unions will ballot drivers and engineers over the deal early next week.

Members of the GMB and Unison had announced a series of strikes across the region in the weeks before Christmas.

“Arriva North West is delighted that our latest offer of a two year pay agreement has been accepted by our drivers. Throughout this dispute we have maintained that talks and compromise on both sides are the only way to find a resolution. This new agreement means our passengers no longer face the prospect of disruption in the run up to Christmas.

We hold our drivers in the highest regard and this pay offer is a demonstration of our commitment to invest in our workforce. We apologise to our passengers for the disruption over recent weeks and are delighted we can now return to delivering the best possible service to our passengers and the local economy."

– Phil Stone, Managing Director, Arriva North West

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