The RMT rail union is calling for action against fare increases and driver only operated trains. Campaigners will gather at stations throughout the North west throughtout the day to protest over threat to jobs, fares and services. They also want ticket offices kept open and stations staffed on Northern and Trans-Pennine Express routes.
Network Rail say a drunken passenger is lucky to be alive after falling under the wheels of a moving train at Piccadilly Station in Manchester.
The man was filmed leaning against a moving carriage.
This footage from Network Rail shows him losing his balance and falling into the gap between the platform and train.
The incident is being used as part of a new safety campaign urging travellers to take extra care at busy stations.
Network Rail has called the government's announcement of the HS2 extension a "game-changer" for Britain's railway network. Chief executive David Higgins said:
He added that Network Rail was already planning to ensure that HS2 would integrate with the existing network with as little disruption as possible.