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Rail passengers asked to plan ahead for strikes

Rail passengers are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel ahead of RMT strike action on both the Merseyrail network on and Northern services on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th October.

Most Merseyrail services are planned to run every half hour from around 7am to 7pm, with a break in service between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

15 minute services will be maintained between 0730 and midnight between Liverpool South Parkway (LSP) and Liverpool Central, as LSP will be the mainline rail hub during the Lime Street station upgrade work (30th September to 22nd October).

Passengers are strongly advised to check the Merseyrail website and Twitter feed before travelling, as it is possible that timetables will change prior to, as well as during, strike action.

Meanwhile, passengers who travel with Northern are also advised to check before they travel as Northern is planning on running limited services between 7am and 7pm on 3rd and 5th October.

Northern trains are the only mainline rail services affected by strike action within the Liverpool City Region (including Wirral). However all mainline rail services will be seeing changes between 30th September and 22nd October as a result of the Lime Street Upgrade, Therefore, if you use Northern on 3rd and 5th of October you will have consider both the impact of strike action and any changes to your journey as a result of the Lime Street Upgrade.

Key advice for everyone planning to travel is:

  • Check before you travel: If you're a rail user plan based on current information available, but be prepared to adapt your plans as timetables may change on these dates
  • Railway stations are likely to be busier as a result of reduced rail services. Don't aim for the last scheduled train, get there early.
  • If you're not a rail user, you're still likely to be affected as people find alternative ways to travel. Leave longer for your journey and avoid travelling at peak times where possible.
  • Bus may be a good alternative, with an extensive network across the Liverpool City Region. Some services will be monitored and strengthened on key routes.
  • The Mersey Ferries will be a good alternative if you're travelling cross river, free car-parking at Seacombe for 370 cars with frequent commuter services Monday to Friday.
  • Cyclists can use valid cross river tickets on the Mersey Ferries
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion on key routes such as the Mersey Tunnels and roads in and out of the City Centre.
  • Speak to your employer about whether there is any flexibility in working times or the possibility of working from home.

Further information and travel options:

  • For the latest on Merseyrail services visit or follow @Merseyrail on Twitter. You can also call 0151 555 1111
  • For the latest on Northern services visit ,follow @northernassist on Twitter or call 0800 200 6060
  • Use Merseytravel’s journey planner to see your travel options  and get more details on routes and timetables at  

If you need additional help in planning your journeys call Merseytravel on 0151 330 1000.