Liverpool to face rail chaos on Bank Holiday Monday
Elinor Rice | 21 May 2015 |
Merseyrail, Virgin Trains and National Rail have all announced cancellations.
UPDATE: As of 16:30 all strikes have been called off, however some disruption is still expected.
With a busy weekend ahead including Sound City, Three Queens and Freeze Presents at the Bombed Out Church train cancellations are expected to cause huge disruption.
What began as a threat by members of the RMT and TSSA unions to strike for 24 hours has turned in to a two day strike with passengers travelling on the Sunday and Wednesday being advised to check for disruption before they embark upon their journey.
Reaction to the news has been varied, with some expressing their understanding that trains simply cannot run without signalmen and it is good to see the unions standing up for their rights.
Others are arguing that they are unable to plan their week, not knowing if they will make it to work.
Routes affected include:
London – Birmingham – Wolverhampton – Shrewsbury
London and West Midlands – Chester & North Wales
London – Liverpool & Manchester
London & West Midlands – North West & Scotland
National Express have confirmed that they will be running extra bus services to accommodate as many of those effected as they can.
Passengers are advised to consult their rail operator’s websites before travelling while locals are advised to remain local and utilise public transport.
Liz Chandler, Merseytravel’s director of corporate development, reassured those concerned “The message remains to plan carefully, be patient and prepare for queues.”.