A Merseyrail train in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport

Rail services between Southport and Liverpool will start later than usual on Tuesday morning (16th January 2024) due to sub zero temperatures affecting travel. 

Merseyrail has activated its cold weather plans, ahead of an expected drop in temperatures overnight going into Tuesday, to help ensure services continue to operate safely. 

Temperatures are expected to fall to -3C overnight with the metal rails set to be even colder.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for Snow and Ice across the North West of England, meaning preventative measures have been activated to deal with the potential for ice on the tracks tomorrow morning.

First services of the day on each line will therefore run without passengers, enabling the rail conditions to be checked before passenger services can commence normally.

Full details of the trains affected are available on the Merseyrail website (www.merseyrail.org).

Passengers should check for the latest travel advice before starting their journey by using the Merseyrail app, website (https://www.merseyrail.org/) or Twitter account (@merseyrail).

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said:

“We are sorry for the disruption this cold weather will cause to our customers intending to travel on the first services tomorrow morning. 

“We do everything possible to avoid cancelling services, but when the predicted weather conditions require it, we have to take appropriate steps to make sure the network can continue to operate safely.

“Merseyrail and Network Rail teams will be out during the night, working hard to reduce the impact the forecasted weather has on the network.

“This will include using a de-icing train, which distributes snow and ice treatment on the conductor rails to prevent ice from forming.

“Passengers should check for the latest updates before heading to the station in the morning.”

The Met Office Weather Warning for the North West says: “Further snow showers, perhaps merging into a longer spell of snow, are likely to cause further disruption on Tuesday.”

The Warning covers Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.

See the latest Met Office Weather Warning here.

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