A Merseyrail train at Southport Train Station. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Merseyrail has apologised to rail passengers who were left stranded after rail services in the region were suspended this morning due to snow. 

The transport operator said it was unable to source any rail-replacement buses due to road conditions.

Merseyrail acting Managing Director Jane English said:

“Due to significant snowfall overnight across the Liverpool City Region, all services on the Merseyrail network were suspended this morning.

“We apologise to passengers who are affected by this suspension.

“The Merseyrail network operates by using an electric-powered third rail. When there is snow or ice on the third rail it prevents the trains from picking up power.

“We have also been unable to provide rail-replacement buses due to road conditions. Many bus operators are also suspending and cancelling services due to the weather conditions.

“We have been working flat out this morning to clear the tracks. As soon as that process is complete, we will be able to lift the suspension of services. 

“Our teams have a winter weather plan that they are working to, ensuring we can get services back and running as soon as possible.

“Passengers should continue to check our website, app or social media channels for the latest travel advice.” 

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