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Ferries between Liverpool and IoM cancelled due to weather conditions

The Manannan sailings scheduled for today have been cancelled Credit: Steam Packet Company

Sailings between the Isle of Man and Liverpool have been cancelled today due to adverse weather conditions.

The 7.30am Manannan sailing from Douglas to Liverpool and Liverpool to Douglas sailing at 11:15am have both been affected.

Passengers booked on the above sailings can contact the Steam Packet reservation team on 01624 661661 or 08722 992 992 to make alternative arrangements. Alternatively you can amend your booking online through your online account.

The Ben-my-Chree is scheduled to depart Heysham at 2.15pm and expected to arrive in Douglas at 6pm.

For updates and further information visit the Steam Packet website.


ITV's Regional News across the North came together in a special broadcast on the continuing rail crisis

For the first time ever three of the ITV regions in the North of England came together to tell one story - and to get some answers about the rail chaos and when services will improve.

From Calendar, LookAround and Granada Reports we put viewers experiences of late or cancelled trains to the rail bosses to find out what went so badly wrong and what they're going to do to fix it.

We will continue to press for answers and improvements, so keep sharing your commutes with us and how the transport crisis is affecting you.

Watch the full programme here:

Northern Rail announces changes to timetable to tackle disruption

David Brown, Managing Director, Northern Credit: Northern

Northern has announced that it will make temporary changes to its timetable to tackle the problem of last minute rail cancellations.

Beginning on Monday, and lasting until the end of July, Northern say they will temporarily remove six percent of their daily train services, which amounts to a hundred and sixty five out of two thousand eight hundred daily services.

The company says that this will enable them to stabilise service levels and start to reduce the number of last minute cancellations, and that though In the short-term they will be running fewer services, it will still be more than before the May timetable change. The full timetable service will resume by the end of July.

What areas are affected?

Lakes Line

For an initial period of two weeks, we are removing all services on the Lakes Line to and from Preston, Lancaster and Oxenholme and will, instead, operate a replacement bus service to keep people who live, work and visit the Lake District on the move.


In and around Blackpool we are reducing services between Blackpool South and Preston, Preston and Colne and will remove a small number of off-peak services between Blackpool North and Manchester Airport. Other services between Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly will start/terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.


There will be reductions between Ormskirk and Preston and a small number between Blackburn and Southport via Manchester Victoria, whilst many services on the Lancaster to Morecambe line will be removed.


We have reduced services on the Kirkby to Manchester Victoria line via Wigan, and the number of trains operating each day between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

Liverpool City Region

Additionally, as already extensively communicated, there is a closure of Liverpool Lime Street for two months whilst significant work takes place on resignalling and remodelling of the infrastructure. We have reduced services during this interim period as a result of this closure. This will see three trains per hour run between Liverpool and Wigan/Manchester Victoria.

On a number of these routes there will be alternative rail services available, as well as other modes of transport. Where available, rail replacement buses will also operate on affected routes with details provided locally for customers.

– Northern Statement

We have been experiencing some significant disruption to train services, especially around north Manchester, Bolton, Liverpool, Blackpool and up to the Lake District. I’d like to apologise for this unacceptable situation and for the disruption and inconvenience many passengers have faced. We’re truly sorry for this and are working hard to fix this.

Again I would like to apologise on behalf of Northern for the unacceptable service many customers have been subject to. We are absolutely committed to resolving the service issues, and the interim plan will help ensure we start to get back on track and start to give customers more certainty around the services we operate.

– David Brown, Managing Director, Northern


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Northern cancels every train on Lakes Line

All 34 timetabled services have been cancelled. Credit: ITV Border

Northern Rail have cancelled all 34 timetabled services on the Lakes Line, which runs between Oxenholme and Windermere.

This comes after news that the Lakes Line could be out of action for two months, according to local MP Tim Farron.

A replacement bus service is running.

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