Strikes set to bring travel chaos: Train passengers urged to plan their journeys

Train passengers are urged to plan ahead due to ongoing strike actionTrain passengers are urged to plan ahead due to ongoing strike action
Train passengers are urged to plan ahead due to ongoing strike action
TransPennine Express (TPE) is urging customers to plan ahead this weekend with further industrial action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union planned to take place on Sunday February 27.

The strike is set to cause major disruption to TPE customers for the third weekend in a row, and there will be an amended timetable in place with a significant reduction in the number of trains running.

The rail operator is urging customers to consider whether their journey is necessary and to avoid travel if they can.

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On Sunday February 27, the following limited service will be in operation.

. Manchester Victoria - York via Huddersfield and Leeds

. Hull - Manchester Victoria via Leeds

. York – Scarborough

. Durham - Edinburgh

. Edinburgh - Preston via Carlisle

. Manchester Piccadilly – Sheffield

. Cleethorpes- Doncaster

Customers travelling on the route between York, Leeds and Manchester are reminded that all services will terminate/start at Manchester Victoria because of engineering work.

Anyone making an essential journey on this date should check carefully up to the last minute via the TPE website and on National Rail Enquires as disruption and short-notice changes are likely.

Customers are all reminded to double-check the last services of the day prior to making an essential journey.

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Those trains that are running will be far busier than normal and customers should allow extra time when travelling. As services will be extremely busy, bikes will not be permitted on board on the strike date.

Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director for TPE, said: “There will be further disruption to customers journeys this Sunday with the RMT due to take strike action for the third Sunday in a row.

“An amended timetable will be in place, but we will only be able to operate a very limited number of trains. We are warning customers to travel only if absolutely necessary and consider changing their plans to travel either side of the strike.

“People making an essential journey should allow extra time and follow the guidance provided.”

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Further information including the services TPE are intending to operate on the strike day can be found at – or by checking National Rail Enquiries.

To help customers get where they need to be on Sunday, TPE has arranged ticket acceptance with several other train operators.

TPE tickets will be accepted on Northern, Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway, CrossCountry, Lumo, LNER (between York and Edinburgh), ScotRail, Hull Trains and Transport for Wales services.

Ticket acceptance is also in place for First Bus services in West Yorkshire for customers who may need to use a bus service to complete a rail journey.

In Manchester, Metrolink ticket acceptance is in place between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria.

Some exclusions will apply and full details are available online.