All Liverpool City Region travellers advised to plan ahead of rail strikes

All travellers in the Liverpool City Region are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel ahead of strike action on both the Merseyrail network on and Northern services in early July.

Merseyrail services are affected on Saturday 8th and Monday 10th July,  Northern Services are affected on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th July.

While train users will be most directly impacted, the whole transport network is expected to be busier as people find other ways to travel.

Most Merseyrail services are planned to run every half hour from around 7am to 7pm and services will not stop at some stations. 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 more than 40 per cent of services on revised timetables between 7am and 7pm on Sat 8th July and Mon 10th July and between around 9am and 5pm on Sunday 9th July.

Services by other mainline train operators will continue to run as normal.

Key advice for everyone in the City Region needing to travel on these dates 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
  • Rail 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.
  • If you have no option but to drive, consider car sharing.
  • 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 are available:

For the latest on Merseyrail services visit the website  or follow @Merseyrail on Twitter. You can also call 0151 555 1111.

For the latest on Northern services visit the website follow @northernassist on Twitter or visit National Rail Enquiries.

Use Merseytravel’s journey planner to see your travel options and visit the travelling around section of the website for more details on routes and timetables.

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

Information about services for industrial action on Sunday 23rd July will be published nearer the time.

Stunning Stained Glass Window Unveiled at Maghull Train Station

A stained glass window has been unveiled at Maghull Train Station in memory of two remarkable local men.

Nigel Winchester and Alan Pritchard were both chairmen of the award-winning Maghull Station Volunteers group.

The pair were committed rail enthusiasts and passionate about the station, which has won numerous awards under their stewardship, including the National Train Award for Best Small Station in 2013.

In honour of their service a stained glass window, which signifies the railway as the gateway to the world, has been installed in the Liverpool-bound waiting room.

The window, which was created by local organisations, Maghull & Lydiate U3A Glass Group and Maghull Double Glazing, celebrates both the old and the new, showing a steam train and a modern train with the railway lines crossing to various world landmarks.

Nigel’s widow, Ena, said: “I am delighted that Nigel’s voluntary work at Maghull Station, and many other projects in the Maghull area have been recognised.”

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, managing director of Merseyrail which funded the project, said: “Nigel Winchester will always be remembered at Merseyrail for his unstinting dedication to the station and his community.

“When Nigel died Alan Pritchard took over the mantle of chairman. The station continued to blossom under his chairmanship and guidance.

“The local commuters frequently stop to admire the wonderful display of plants and congratulate the volunteers on the good work that is done, and what a pleasure it is to travel from the station.

“This window will act as a permanent tribute to the two men who have made such an impact to their community with love and commitment to their surroundings and their neighbours.”

Maghull Station Volunteers have previously won the Spirit of Merseyside Grassroots Award and Sefton In Bloom’s Best Community Garden Award. They were also runners up in the Best Station Adoption Group, from The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRPS).

The Maghull & Lydiate U3A glass group, led by John Jackson, designed the stunning stained glass window and local business, Maghull Double Glazing, provided the window.

At an emotional ceremony last week, the window was unveiled by Nigel and Alan’s widows’ Ena and Eileen, alongside the Mayor of Maghull Councillor Byrne. It was then officially dedicated by the Reverend George Perera.