Arriva bus drivers have voted to reject the latest pay offer in their stand-off with the transport operator, making it more likely the nine strike days announced for December, plus Monday 27 November, will go ahead.
The Budget confirmed a £300m funding package, previously announced in October, to help improve connectivity between HS2 and stations in Manchester and Crewe, alongside £35m to help improve mobile communications for train passengers on the Trans-Pennine route from Manchester to York.
Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram and city mayor Joe Anderson have come together, along with the five leaders of the city region’s districts, to write an open letter to transport union RMT and Merseyrail.
Peel Ports has confirmed that a sinkhole at the Liverpool 2 container port has been fully repaired, while chief executive Mark Whitworth confirmed outline designs for the port’s second phase were now being prepared.
Strikes are set to impact Arriva bus services, Merseyrail and Northern Rail services today, and further dates in November, as disputes continue over pay and plans to move to driver-only operated trains.