Train services between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Central are currently suspended due to a cable fault causing the power supply to the third rail to be severely reduced. Rail replacement buses are running between all affected stations. We have been advised by Network Rail that it is unlikely that services will be running between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Central until start of service on Monday morning (22 July). If Network Rail identify the problem and fix the fault before this time, we will reinstate the normal train service well in advance of Monday. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience during this time. Please click the link above for more details.
Merseyrail has written to the RMT, requesting another meeting to discuss staffing arrangements on-board the new trains set to be introduced by 2020. We expect talks to take place this week.
Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail’s managing director, said:
‘We are keen to find a solution to this dispute and bring an end to strikes, which threaten the economy and reputation of the city region. The new trains will present opportunities to provide a better service to passengers, and we want to get back round the table with the RMT to talk about this.’
On Saturday’s strike, timed to coincide with Grand National day, we successfully carried everyone who wanted get to racecourse by train, with 12,000 passengers taken there and 18,000 brought back.