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Due to strike action on Merseyrail, no trains running between 11am and 2pm today

Due to strike action Merseyrail will run a reduced service today, Monday 13 March 2017. Staff are walking out over plans for driver only trains. The industrial action will affect both Merseyrail services, hitting commuters travelling between Southport, Ormskirk and Liverpool; and Northern Rail, hitting services including Southport to Manchester.

The start of a 24-hour strike by Merseyrail began at midnight last night - and with it disruption across the network.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will stage a walk out over driver-only trains (DOO) and the role of conductors.

When the new £460m fleet of trains arrive in 2020, drivers will operate the doors, meaning 220 guard roles will be lost.

Merseyrail failed in an attempt to block the planned strike on its network after filing for a court injunction. 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 to the wider transport network. Consider when you travel and how, to play your part in keeping the city region moving as best it can.”

So today rail users will be faced with reduced services, with some services only running every half hour and winding down between 5pm and 7pm.

The latest from National Rail Enquiries:

There will be a break in service, with no trains running between approximately 11am and 2pm today.

A severely reduced service will run, with the following services affected:

  • No trains will run between Hunts Cross / Kirkby and Liverpool Central

  • Services will run from Maghull to Liverpool Central, in that direction only.

  • Trains will not run between Ellesmere Port and James Street.

  • Services between Chester and James Street have been amended to start and terminate at Hooton, not calling at stations towards Chester.

  • An hourly service will run between New Brighton and James Street

  • Trains will run between West Kirby and James Street, however Bidston, Birkenhead Park, Conway Park and Manor Park will not be served.

Trains will not call at Hall Road, Bootle Oriel Road, Bank Hall, Sandhills, Brunswick, St. Michaels, Aigburth, Cressington, Liverpool South Parkway and Hunts Cross stations.

Station First trains Minutes past hour Until Then Minutes past hour Last train

Freshfield 07:13 43 and 13 11:13am 14:13 43m and 13m 18:13

Formby 07:15 45 and 15 11:15am 14:15 45m and 15m 18:15

Hightown 07:19 59 and 19 11:19am 14:19 49m and 19m 18:19

  • The strike will begin at 12.01 midnight on Monday 13 March to 11.59pm.

  • There will generally not be any trains before 7am or after 7pm.

  • All services will be six car trains.

  • Trains will run every half an hour, on all routes, to and from destinations.

  • Passengers are entitled to compensation or refunds if their journeys are cancelled or delayed.

  • If your ticket is for a journey that is entirely on the Merseyrail, Northern or Wirral line and during that journey you are delayed for more than half an hour, compensation will be provided.

  • If you have a single ticket, the compensation will be equal to the full cost of the ticket.

  • If you have a return ticket, the compensation will be 50% of the cost of the ticket.

  • If your ticket involves travel on other lines, but you are delayed on our network, you may be entitled to compensation equal to 20% of the cost of your ticket price.

  • Need to travel before 7am or after 7pm? Use the Merseytravel Journey Planner at . Here you can find times and routes for buses and the Mersey Ferries.

  • The Mersey Ferries will be a good alternative if you’re travelling cross river, with frequent commuter services and free car-parking at Seacombe for 370 cars.

However timetables could change therefore passengers are instructed to here- or @merseyrail on Twitter, or contact 0151 555 1111 before travelling.

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