Rail plans revealed for Friday strike
Wednesday 26th April 2017 @ 08:54 by Adam Higgins
Greater Manchester News

Commuters across Tameside are warned to face severe disruption on the rail network on Friday amid a third strike in the space of six weeks.

Rail union RMT has confirmed a further 24-hour walkout from midnight which will involve some staff after failing to offer any progress in talks over the guards and drivers safety dispute.

It will affect Northern services across Greater Manchester, including between Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly.

The latest industrial action follows similar strikes on April 8 and March 13 this year.

A revised train timetable has been announced by Arriva Rail North, which operates the Northern rail franchise.

Services will operate on an hourly basis throughout the day, with the first train in the morning leaving Hadfield at 7:30am and the last train departing Piccadilly station at 6:19pm.

All public transport and Greater Manchester’s roads are expected to be busier, especially at peak morning and evening times, with key commuter routes forecast to face the most pressure as people affected by the strike make alternative arrangements.

Numbers travelling will also likely increase as Friday marks the start of the May Bank Holiday weekend and the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle event.

Sharon Keith, Regional Director for Northern, said: “To keep as many people on the move as possible, we are targeting available trains on our busiest routes and at peak times.

“We expect to run more than 40 per cent of our normal timetable and more than 300 additional rail replacement buses.

“The majority of trains will run between 7am and 7pm, with rail replacement buses on some routes where we unable to run trains.

“Customers need to plan carefully as services will start to wind down from late afternoon.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this action may cause you.”

John Fryer, from Transport for Greater Manchester, added: “We are taking action to minimise the disruption to the transport network but we know there will still be problems.

“Commuters can play their part to minimise these and our advice is simple: plan ahead, be prepared, and think about all your travel choices.

“Can you travel at a different time or does your employer allow you to work from home? If you can travel at a quieter time, or in a different way – by bus, tram, bike, foot or a mixture – it can make a massive improvement not just to your journey but to people who simply don’t have a choice.”

Passengers are warned to expect services to be extremely busy, check live travel information and advised to allow extra time to travel, as well as consider whether a journey is necessary.

Below is the full skeleton service between Hadfield and Piccadilly that will be in operation on Friday:

To access revised timetables for all Northern services on Friday, click here.