Train strike set to hit Merseyrail network

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Commuters have been advised to plan their journeys ahead of scheduled industrial action for both the Merseyrail network and Northern services on Monday March 13th.

The whole transport network is expected to be busier, with a majority set to use other forms of transport around the city.

Strike ballots from union members working for the local rail operators revealed more than 80% of votes were cast backing 24-hour strike action over plans to change the roles of onboard crew.

Key advice has been offered for everyone in the region, with alternatives such as the bus and Mersey ferries for those travelling across the river.

Merseytravel has urged people stick to public transport in a bid to avoid congestion within the city centre.

Frank Rogers, Chief Executive of Merseytravel, said: “Industrial action is intended to be disruptive and it will be. While rail travellers will be most directly affected, other people travelling in and around the City Region that day are likely to be impacted as people take on wider transport network.

“Consider when you travel and how, to play your part in keeping the City Region moving as best it can.”

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Merseyrail services plan to run every half hour on all routes from 7 am to 7 pm. Despite this, passengers are strongly advised to check the Merseyrail website and Twitter before travelling.

The Northern line is also set to be affected, with the operator running a reduced and revised timetable.

Sharon Keith, Regional Director for Northern, added: “We are acutely aware of the important role that Northern plays in keeping the north of England moving. We would ask for your patience on Monday, and ask all our customers to individually take time to consider whether your journey is necessary and if it is, please plan carefully.”

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