RAIl operator Merseyrail will run a ‘limited train service’ this Thursday (August 18) and this Saturday (August 20), due to two planned 24-hour strikes by Network Rail staff who are members of the RMT union.
The Liverpool City Region rail network is affected by the UK-wide national walk out, as Network Rail signalling and maintenance employees will be taking industrial action from 7am on Thursday, August 18 to 7am on Friday, August 19, and from 7am on Saturday, August 20 to 7am on Sunday, August 21.
Merseyrail will run an hourly service calling at selected stations on each line between 7.30am and 6.30pm on both days to help passengers make essential journeys.
This includes the following lines:
Ormskirk line: Trains will run hourly, only calling at Ormskirk, Maghull North, Maghull, Aintree, Kirkdale, Moorfields and Liverpool Central.
Hunts Cross line: No trains will operate between Liverpool Central and Hunts Cross.
Southport line: Trains will run hourly, only calling at Southport, Formby, Blundellsands & Crosby, Waterloo, Moorfields and Liverpool Central.
There will be no trains on the Merseyrail network before 7.30am or after 6.30pm on Thursday, August 18 or Saturday, August 20. Due to lack of availability, there are no rail-replacement buses on either day. Passengers should make alternative travel arrangements where necessary.
On Friday, August 19, trains will be gradually reintroduced from 7am, when the first 24-hour strike ends. There are no rail-replacement buses before train services begin, again due to lack of availability.
It is intended that a normal train service will resume from 8am across the Merseyrail network.
Full timetables are available via the operator’s website at https://www.merseyrail.org/plan-your-journey/network-rail-strike-action.aspx
Andy Heath, managing director at Merseyrail said: “Once again we have been able to work closely with Network Rail to ensure there will be a service for the people of the Liverpool City Region during this period of national disruption.
Services will be ‘very busy’
“For those intending to travel on August 18 or August 20, please be aware that services will be hourly, will only serve limited stations and are likely to be very busy.
“Passengers should plan ahead, come prepared and allow more journey time. Our team will work hard to get you to where you need to be.”