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  • Northern rail commuters faced more disruption after staff 'made themselves unavailable to work'

    Henry James

    COMMUTERS using Northern rail services faced more disruption on Sunday after staff “made themselves unavailable to work.”

    This summer Northern Rail has been the subject of criticism after it cut more than 9,000 rail services after timetable changes. A total of 75% of these cancelled services were reinstated last week. However this was the second Sunday in a row that Sunday services were cut.

    Liverpool was the worst hit on Sunday and the Liverpool to Manchester Airport service was subject to a full cancellation (which hit 30 services).

    Northern customers were still able to travel between Liverpool and Manchester using Northern services or East Midlands Trains. Trans Pennine Express services were available between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

    The Wigan North Western – Liverpool service saw 50% of services cancelled (29 services). The company did still operate one services per hour between Liverpool Lime Street and Wigan North Western.

    Northern operated one train every two hours between Blackpool South and Colne. Both Dalesrail services between Blackpool and Carlisle were cancelled.

    There was a two part cancellation between Morecambe and Heysham Port.

    A spokesman for Northern, said: “Unfortunately we have so far had to cancel around 80 services across our network and it is likely more will be cancelled as we continue to plan our services.

    “Routes which will see cancellations have been chosen carefully to make best use of resources and to minimise the impact on customers. On each route customers will either have other rail options via Northern and other operators or will have the provision of rail replacement transport.

    “The areas most affected are in Liverpool, Lancashire and Greater Manchester and we would like to apologise to customers whose plans and journeys will be disrupted.

    “Some Northern staff have made themselves unavailable for work on Sunday and operational teams are currently working hard to make the best use of available staff and bring others in where possible. Rail replacement road transport will also be used where possible to help try to keep Northern customers on the move.”

    The spokesman added: “We advise anyone planning on travelling tomorrow to plan carefully, check for cancellations and visit the Northern website or National Rail Enquiries for the most up-to-date information.”

    Anyone whose journey is delayed by 30 minutes or more can apply for compensation via Delay Repay.

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