November strike action on bus and rail services in Liverpool City Region

06 Nov 2017

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Businesses should be aware that, due to strike action, travel will be disrupted on numerous dates in November.

Members of Unite and GMB unions at Arriva have announced further strike days on Monday 6th, Wednesday 8th, Monday 13th, Monday 20th and Monday 27th November.


There will be no Arriva bus services in Merseyside including the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester and Lancashire on strike days with the exception of the 713, for the five Arriva bus strike days. Some services will run in Cheshire, but travellers are advised to check individual routes.

Arriva customers with pre-paid Arriva tickets travelling in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or Cheshire will be able to use them on the Merseyrail and Northern rail networks. Arriva tickets will also be accepted on Stagecoach Quality Network Routes.

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In addition the RMT has announced strike action on Wednesday 8th November when Arriva services are on strike.

On Wednesday 8th November Merseyrail will run a reduced service with trains running every 30 minutes, with the exception of the New Brighton to Liverpool services which will be every hour, from around 07:00 to 19:00, with a break between approx. 11:00 to 14:00. All services will be six car trains.

There will be no trains running on the Ellesmere Port line during the strike action.

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Northern will also operate a reduced timetable service between 7am and 7pm on Wednesday 8th November. There are no Northern services on the Liverpool Lime Street – Manchester Piccadilly line that day, which affects stations such as Mossley Hill, Halewood & Widnes.

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Other train operating companies such as TransPennine Express, East Midlands Trains and London Midland will continue to operate their existing train services between Warrington Central and Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Lime Street Main line station.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers are strongly advised to check timetables and information before they travel and are being encouraged to stick to public transport where possible to avoid creating congestion on key routes such as in the Mersey Tunnels and roads in and out of the city centre.