TransPennine Express reported almost 100 cancelled services across its entire network today.
The train service said there will be "cancellations to all routes" on Thursday, January 19, due to to a shortage of drivers and crew. Travellers could be facing chaos as a result as major stations including Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds, and York are affected by the disruption.
Meanwhile, Merseyrail and Network Rail are facing issues brought on by snow and freezing conditions. The Met Office has issued a Yellow snow and ice warning, reporting that the weather conditions could remain in place for a couple of days.
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They said low temperatures can cause points to freeze, leading to slower trains, delays and cancellations, the MEN reports. National Rail Enquiries said on its website of TransPennine Express (TPE): "A shortage of train crew means fewer TransPennine Express services are able to run on some lines. Services may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until the end of the day."
In total, TPE reported 93 full cancellations in place by 9am. Earlier, the figure was running at 101. On its website, the train operating company apologised to commuters. They said: "Due to a shortage of train crew fewer trains are able to run on some lines.
"Train services running across the whole First Transpennine Express network may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.
"East Midlands Railway, London North Eastern Railway, Northern and ScotRail are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice. Arrangements have been made for First TransPennine Express rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.
"Other services are conveying passengers between York and Scarborough via Seamer and Malton in both directions until further notice. Arrangements have been made for First TransPennine Express rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys. Customers may use their tickets on Coastliner buses between York, Malton, Seamer and Scarborough
"Due to a shortage of train crew, services across the TransPennine Express network may be disrupted today. Customers are advised to leave plenty of time to make their journey and should check before travel."
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