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Northern Rail strike action to cause severe travel disruption

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Rail passengers across Cumbria face severe disruption to their journeys on Monday, as Northern Rail staff go on strike.

Staff on Northern Rail services have voted to take industrial action for 24 hours, in a dispute over the role of guards.

It's forced the operator to run a reduced timetable and 300 rail replacement buses across it's network.

To view the revised rail timetables and replacement bus timetables, you can visit the Northern Rail Industrial Action page here.

Bus replacement services will run between:

  • Appleby and Carlisle
  • Oxenholme to Windermere
  • Workington to Carlisle

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Merseyrail bid to prevent strike action by RMT union

Merseyrail wants to prevent strike action by members of the RMT union. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Merseyrail is seeking an injunction to prevent strike action by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on Monday, the company announced.

Union members are planning to walk out for 24 hours in a row over driver-only trains (DOO) and the role of conductors.

A company statement said: "Merseyrail can confirm that we are seeking an injunction to prevent strike action from taking place on March 13.

"This is in relation to on-board staffing arrangements on the new fleet of trains that Merseytravel will introduce on to the network in 2020.

"Merseyrail argued to the High Court that decisions about the design and operation of the trains under DOO principles were taken by council leaders and councillors in December 2016 and that Merseyrail had no choice but to implement these plans.

"As such, the RMT's dispute is with Merseytravel and not Merseyrail."

An RMT spokesman said: "RMT will robustly defend the union's position in the current dispute with the company over the threat to the guards grade and the safety of the rail network.

"Instead of dashing to the courts under the cloak of the anti-union laws the company should be around the table with the union negotiating a guarantee of a safe and sustainable solution to this dispute that retains a guard on their trains."

The case will be heard in the High Court in London later on Thursday.

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Rail bosses say Lime St will re-open "in a week's time"

Network Rail has confirmed that Liverpool's Lime Street station will re-open in a weeks time, (Thursday 9th March), after a wall collapsed over the tracks. It says they've removed 60 tonnes of rubble overnight. Engineers also moved several containers from above the tracks to stop any more landslips. Alternative train and bus services are available - passengers are being warned to check before they travel.

Aerial shot of the debris on the line Credit: network rail

Drivers urged to take care during Storm Doris

Drivers are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys tomorrow after Highways England issued a severe weather alert.

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An amber alert for gales will be in place across the North between 6am and 6pm in response to the strong winds and heavy rain forecast during Storm Doris.

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Gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are expected on some roads, along with heavy rain and surface water. There is a particularly high risk to high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes on exposed sections of the network.

Drivers of these vehicles are being strongly advised to avoid travelling on around 40 stretches of motorway and major A road while the alert is in place. These include:

  • M53 J1-J2 Wallasey to Birkenhead
  • M56 J12 Runcorn and Sutton Weaver
  • M58 J1 Kirkby
  • M6 J20-J21 Thelwall Viaduct
  • M6 J26-J27 M58 to Standish
  • M6 J36-J45 Through Cumbria
  • M60 J10-J12 Barton Bridge through to M62
  • M60 J16-J17 Pendlebury and Kersley to Prestwich and Whitefield
  • M62 J18-J27 Between Manchester and Leeds
  • M61 J4-J5 Westhoughton
  • M61 J9 / M65 J1 Interchange
  • A56 Between M65 and A680 at Edenfield
  • M65 J3-J4 Withnell and Blackburn Interchange
  • A66 Between M6 J40 - A1 (Scotch Corner)
  • A69 Entire route

"We’re expecting Storm Doris to have a significant impact on the roads throughout the day tomorrow so are urging drivers to consider changing their plans if necessary and to slow down in stormy weather. Drivers should look out for warnings on the electronic message signs and listen for updates in radio travel bulletins.

– Richard Leonard, Highways England
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