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More disruption ahead for rail passengers

Members of the RMT union on Arriva Rail North will strike next month Credit: ITV News

Rail passengers in the North West face fresh disruption after more strikes were called in the long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on Arriva Rail North will strike for 24 hours on May 9 and again on May 11, 14, 16 and 18 just on SWR.

The announcement was made at a protest in Westminster to mark the second anniversary of the dispute, which started on Southern Railway.

No fresh walkouts were announced on Merseyrail, where talks are being held to try to break the deadlocked row.

Hundreds of RMT members, disability campaigners and passengers joined the Westminster demonstration, which was followed by a lobby of MPs.

IoM sailings between Heysham cancelled due to gale force winds


Strong winds have cancelled some ferry sailings to and from the Isle of Man today.

Based on the latest weather forecast the following Steam Packet sailings have been cancelled: Douglas – Heysham 17th April at 08:00hrs and Heysham – Douglas 17th April at 12:00hrs

Passengers have been advised to change bookings either online, or contact the reservations team on 01624 661661 or 08722 992 992 to make alternative arrangements.


Calls to suspend controversial Mersey Gateway toll

There are calls to suspend the controversial Mersey Gateway Toll Charge. A transport watchdog says the charges may be illegal.

Appeals have been put on hold after it was ruled a motorist was not liable to pay the charge. Halton Council says it's business as usual and motorists should continue to pay.

Adam McClean has the story.

Talks between Merseyrail and RMT over driver-only trains

Credit: pa

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.
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