Merseyrail announces reduced services on Friday as sub-zero temperatures freezes trains

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Merseyrail has announced a reduced service on Friday as poor weather continues to batter Merseyside.

Travel disruption is expected through Friday as air from Russia continues to blast in bringing snow and freezing winds.

Travellers are urged to check traintables before they set off on thier journeys as services will be reduced.

Services will start from 7am on Friday and will run every 30 minutes on all lines throughout the day.

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Bosses at Merseyrail said that the changes have been made after sub-zero temperatures have caused trains to freeze within half an hour of being used.

A statement on the Merseyrail website said: “This week has seen more employees than ever before working through the night to keep trains running and prevent them from becoming frozen, however, the sub-zero temperatures have caused trains to freeze within half an hour of being used.

“This has resulted in a reduced number of trains being available to fulfil the normal timetable and passengers may have experienced disruption to their journeys.

“We apologise for any inconvenience these changes may cause, and wish you a safe journey on our network.”

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Managing director at Merseyrail Andy Heath said: “Despite the best efforts of our staff, the freezing temperatures are preventing us from using the full fleet of trains to deliver our normal service for passengers and we have had to implement a reduced timetable.

“We sincerely apologise to our passengers for the inconvenience to their journeys and would like to reassure them that we are running as much of a service as we can with the number of trains that we have available.”

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