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Mayor calls for Prime Minster to solve rail chaos

Northern Rail services resume Credit: PA

The Mayor of Manchester is calling on the Prime Minister to step in and end the rail chaos in the North of England.

Seventy-five per cent of services that were removed as part of Northern Rail's emergency timetable will be reinstated today.

But after more cancellations yesterday Andy Burnham says he sees no signs of improvements.

Northern cancel 170 services across the region

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Hundreds of trains were cancelled or delayed on Sunday amid staff shortages blamed on the World Cup and hot weather.

Northern services were disrupted on Sunday as fewer train crews than normal agreed to work. There was a chance that England could have been playing in the World Cup final at 4pm, until the team lost on Wednesday. Full refunds are available for holders of Advance tickets, or passengers can use tickets on Monday instead.

Northern announced more than 170 services will be cancelled on Sunday.

The train operator said it is "likely" more services will be scrapped, with Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester faring the worst, and Yorkshire also affected. A spokesman said "many Northern staff have made themselves unavailable for work" on Sunday.

Staff contracts mean they do not have to work Sundays if they provide seven days' notice.


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