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Granada Debate: Northern Rail and Childhood Obesity

On this month's Granada debate we investigate the regions rail crisis as well as why the North West has some of the highest childhood obesity rates in the country.

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Northern Rail: 33 cancellations throughout Bank Holiday Monday

Passengers are advised to check before they travel. Credit: PA

Northern Rail says the following services are cancelled today:

  • 05:16 Preston to Carlisle due 09:24
  • 05:59 Cleethorpes to Barton-On-Humber due 06:5
  • 006:05 Hadfield to Manchester Piccadilly due 06:47
  • 06:16 Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street due 08:26
  • 06:16 Hull to Bridlington due 07:01
  • 06:24 Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield due 07:0
  • 506:37 Hadfield to Manchester Piccadilly due 07:19
  • 06:43 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District due 07:03
  • 06:45 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 07:25
  • 06:47 Barrow-In-Furness to Preston due 08:06
  • 06:48 Lancaster to Leeds due 08:43
  • 06:58 Barton-On-Humber to Cleethorpes due 07:52
  • 07:02 Lincoln to Sheffield due 08:20
  • 07:03 Blackpool North to Liverpool Lime Street due 08:28
  • 07:10 Carlisle to Lancaster due 11:07
  • 07:28 Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere due 07:49
  • 07:49 Bridlington to Hull due 08:36
  • 07:50 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 08:38
  • 07:55 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District due 08:15
  • 07:55 Bolton to Manchester Victoria due 08:15
  • 08:27 Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere due 08:47
  • 08:36 Liverpool Lime Street to Blackpool North due 09:51
  • 08:50 Preston to Leeds due 10:43
  • 08:50 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 09:33
  • 08:51 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District due 09:08
  • 09:00 Bolton to Manchester Victoria due 09:20
  • 10:00 Bolton to Manchester Victoria due 10:20
  • 16:20 Manchester Victoria to Buckshaw Parkway due 17:11
  • 17:20 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 18:11
  • 17:20 Manchester Victoria to Buckshaw Parkway due 18:11
  • 18:20 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 19:11
  • 18:20 Manchester Victoria to Buckshaw Parkway due 19:11
  • 19:20 Buckshaw Parkway to Manchester Victoria due 20:11

Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

It comes a week after the two Metro mayors for the North West of England demanded that the government take action over "dire" rail services in the region.

Northern Rail said it would like to assure passengers that the company is "doing everything possible" to get services back to an acceptable level after a higher than normal number of cancellations and delays.

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RMT members at Northern rail stage fresh 24-hour strike

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Passengers will face more disruption today as rail workers stage another strike in the row over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on Arriva Rail North will walk out on May 24th and 26th.

They're angry at plans to introduce driver-only trains.

This dispute started more than two years ago and affects five train operators in the UK.

To help keep you on the move during RMT strike action on Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 May we will run as many services as possible each day.

On Thursday, the majority of available trains will operate between 7am and 7pm as we focus on running as many trains as we can to get you into work and home again.

– Northern Rail website
Northern Rail are cutting some of peak hour services. Credit: PA

It comes on a week of major disruption after the new timetables were brought in.

Meanwhile, Northern is today involved in urgent talks with the Transport Secretary over its performance record.

Northern Rail: the services cancelled due to 'shortage of train drivers'

People are being advised to check before they travel. Credit: PA

Northern Rail say a number of services have been cancelled today due to a shortage of train drivers.

People are being advised to check before they travel.

Affected services are:

  • 05:19 Blackpool North to Leeds due 07:40
  • 05:39 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport due 07:18
  • 05:42 Manchester Airport to Preston due 06:54
  • 05:45 Manchester Victoria to York due 08:06
  • 06:00 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street due 06:54
  • 06:16 Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street due 08:26
  • 06:21 Preston to Manchester Airport due 07:35
  • 06:23 Manchester Victoria to Leeds due 07:56
  • 06:47 Barrow-In-Furness to Preston due 08:06
  • 07:00 Manchester Victoria to Kirkby due 08:08
  • 07:15 Chester to Stockport due 08:39
  • 07:28 Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe due 09:42
  • 08:15 Kirkby to Manchester Victoria due 09:26
  • 08:18 Leeds to Manchester Victoria due 09:43
  • 09:48 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly due 10:43
  • 23:13 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport due 01:01

'Enough is enough': Greater Manchester Mayor calls for Northern Rail investigation

The Mayor of Greater Manchester is calling for an official investigation after being "bombarded" with complaints from commuters about Northern Rail.

Andy Burnham says he's had reports of frequent delays, last-minute cancellations and often dangerously overcrowded on-board conditions.

Enough is enough. Northern Rail passengers, the people of Greater Manchester, deserve so much better than the dire service they have been forced to endure in recent months.

– Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

The Mayor has written to Transport for the North, asking them to assess whether Northern is in breach of its franchise agreement.

In a statement Northern Rail said it would like to assure passengers that the company is "doing everything possible" to get services back to an acceptable level after a higher than normal number of cancellations and delays.

I'd like to apologise for the issues passengers around Manchester have been facing recently.

The announcement in January 2018 by Network Rail of a further delay to the electrification between Manchester and Preston via Bolton was a significant issue for Northern and, in the short term, severely impacts our proposals to increase services and capacity.

– Northern Rail

“Everyone wants a great railway for the north of England. That’s why Northern is in the early stages of an ambitious transformation programme to modernise services across the region, improving journeys, better connecting communities and boosting local economies. As with all major transformation projects there have been challenges and there may be more to come but teams are working together tirelessly day-in-day out to minimise any disruption to passengers.”

– Rail Delivery Group spokesperson

Rail dispute: talks to continue.

Merseyrail have been meeting members of the RMT union today to discuss ways of resolving the long-running dispute over driver only trains. for the past 12 months there's been a series of walkouts by rail staff over plans to do away with guards on trains.

The dispute over driver only trains has lasted 12 months. Credit: pa

Following talks between the two today both have agreed to meet again within the next 7 days to continue discussions in a bid to find a solution. olution.

“I am pleased at the positive progress that has been made in the discussions with the RMT with the aim of resolving the current industrial dispute.

– Andy Heath, Merseyrail
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