Merseyrail passengers react to the cancellation of services due to bad weather


Merseyrail cancelled all train services on Friday due to forecasted adverse weather conditions affecting the railway.

Merseyrail advised customers to make alternative travel arrangements.

Rail replacement buses were not in operation due to the scale of disruption. Rail season tickets will be accepted on Arriva, Stagecoach and Mersey Ferries.

Trains were not running through the morning but reintroduced across the network by midday.


Many Merseyrail passengers were not happy with the news:

Barbara Doughty said: “The winter of 1962/63 was dreadful from Christmas to March, but I don’t remember ever being late for work due to transport problems.”

Jane Doughty said: “How do they know the scale of the disruption, our weather is always wrong, why in other countries does everything run but here in UK no”

Kathryn Whitehead said: “oh my god there is a leaf on the line. Just run the stupid trains like other countries do! ones with real snow.”

However, Rowan Mcmanus said be kind: “Are you a railway engineer or do you know the effect of ice on rails? No, I didn’t think so.

“Don’t call people lazy before you know all of the facts! Also, we’re all going through enough this year without people ranting. Be kind.”


Although many people were angry, the cancellations were mainly due to the cold temperatures and ICE forming on the lines.

During the early hours of Friday temperatures on Wirral widely fell to -2C which would make it hard for trains to operate.

Andy Heath, Managing Director of Merseyrail, said: “We have been working hard over the last few weeks to prepare the network for adverse winter weather conditions, covering the rail with anti-ice and running trains throughout the night to keep the lines clear.

“Through previous experiences when, following the anti-icing, we incur a combination of snow, sleet and rain fall on our electrified third rail as is forecasted, this can result in a new layer of ice which electricity cannot pass through and trains are unable to operate.

“As a result of this, we believe it is highly likely that trains will not operate on Friday. We hope that this  advance notice will give passengers enough time to make alternative travel arrangements.

“We will be continuously working with Network Rail to run services as soon as is safely possible and apologise for any inconvenience this will cause our passengers.”

Trains were reintroduced at around lunchtime and further cold temperatures could again disrupt the network.

Merseyrail said in tweett: “A normal service is timetabled to run on Saturday 9 January.

“Freezing temperatures overnight could cause some disruption to early morning services and therefore passengers are strongly advised to check @merseyrail on Twitter or visit the Merseyrail website before travelling.”

The news comes after the Met Office warned Wirral to expect snow and Ice through Thursday and into Friday.

A weather warning for ICE has been extended into Saturday and Wirral had snow flurries through Friday.

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