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Talks between Merseyrail and RMT over driver-only trains

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Talks are due to take place later aimed at ending the long running dispute over the role of guards on Merseyrail trains.

The RMT union has staged 16 walkouts over the last year, claiming driver- only trains will compromise safety.

The union is staging a series of protests across the North of England as part of its dispute with Arriva Rail North (Northern) over the same issue.

The rail operator says the driver-only system is safe and is already widely used on networks elsewhere in the country.


IoM sailings between Heysham affected due to tidal conditions

Sailings between the Isle of Man and Heysham have been revised following tidal condition assesments.

The Steam Packet Company have rescheduled today's 14:15 sailing from Heysham to Douglas to depart at 15:30.

Departures over the next three days may also be affected.

Passengers should check the company's website for more information.

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Snow day 3: list of road closures and travel disruption

No one was hurt in this crash, but police are warning people about hazardous driving conditions. Credit: Cheshire Police


  • A537 Cat and Fiddle route closed due to snow between Bull-Hill-Lane (Macclesfield) and A54 (Buxton)
  • A54 closed between the Rose and Crown and A537 Cat and Fiddle Route (Buxton)
  • A57 Snake Pass
  • Sugar Lane closed due to ice between Holehouse Lane and Brookledge Lane


  • A628 Woodhead Pass closed due to snow between A57 Mottram Moor and A616
  • Hazardous driving conditions and heavy traffic due to snow on M62 between J20 and J24. Traffic is down to single file in places.

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  • A635 Holmfirth Road closed between A669 Chew Valley Road (Greenfield) and A6024 Woodhead Road
  • No service on Manchester Metrolink between Rochdale Town Centre and Newbold
  • Service suspended on Arriva Trains Wales between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly, and between Chester and Manchester Airport due to shortage of trains because of extra safety inspections
  • Various flights have been cancelled to and from Manchester Airport throughout Thursday because of the severe weather across the UK and mainland Europe. Anyone expecting to fly today should check the status of flights with airlines.


  • Tockholes Road Eastbound blocked, hazardous driving conditions
  • A56 Southbound closed due to accident between M65 J8 and A680 Blackburn Road
  • Service suspended on Transpennine Express between Preston and Edinburgh Waverley, and between Preston and Glasgow Central

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  • Southfield Lane closed due to snow between Delves Lane and Robin House Lane


  • Service suspended on Mersey Ferries at Liverpool due to adverse weather conditions. A replacement bus service is operating between Seacombe and Hamilton Square.


Snow watch: list of road closures and warnings

Snow is clearly visible on motorway cameras this morning Credit: Highways England


  • M53 between J1 and J3: difficult driving conditions


  • M65 between J1A and J14 A6068: hazardous driving conditions and slow traffic due to snow. Cars are using a single lane
  • Hazardous driving conditions on B6232 between Holcombe Road and M65 J5
  • Hazardous driving conditions due to snow on A56 around M65


  • Hazardous driving conditions on M60 around J12 (Eccles Interchange)
  • Hazardous driving conditions due to snow on A628 Woodhead Pass

M6 Southbound closed after lorry crash

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area as there are long delays already. Credit: Highways England

Traffic is being held on the M6 Southbound after two lorries crashed near Crewe.

It happened just before J16, and please say is causing tailbacks all the way back to J17 for Sandbach.

Traffic officers are now on scene and organising recovery for the lorries involved.

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