Today is much cooler than it has been for the last few days when almost insufferable temperatures came upon us. These have not been days for travelling and I do wonder how anyone could have done that given the record-breaking temperatures. How staff worked at all is beyond me but things are better now and remain set to remain that way for as far as I can see.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union announced one-day strikes for 2022-07-27, 2022-07-18 and 2022-08-20. This action affects both Network Rail and train operating companies so the likely advice is not to travel unless it is necessary to do so. Services on the following days could start late as well so that also needs consideration.
Also, the train drivers’ union ASLEF announced strike action 2022-07-30 which affects the following eight train operating companies: Arriva Rail London, Chiltern Railways, Greater Anglia, GWR, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains. Currently, it looks as if other companies are not affected so this may not be as disruptive as the RMT actions.
From 2022-07-10, High Peak will be operating revised timetables for several of its services around Derbyshire. The Saturday frequency for Buxton town services 185 and 186 will be reduced to hourly while Monday to Saturday evening journeys on service 199 will no longer serve Manchester Airport.
The timetable for service 61 will change because of road works on the A5004 near Fernilee. These are for repairs following landslides that occurred earlier this year and will continue until 2022-09-25. Because of these, the bus route will be altered as follows: the usual route between Glossop and Whaley Bridge until Horwich End Crossroads where it goes via the B5470, running non-stop through Chapel-en-le-Frith before taking the A6 into Buxton. During this time, there will be no service to Fernilee or other stops on the A5004 Long Hill.
From 2022-07-01 to 2022-07-04, Midland Classic will be operating a Timber Festival Special service between Lichfield and Moira or Coalville via Swadlincote. This will be numbered X10.
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The Moorsbus network will resume on 2022-07-02, running on Saturdays and Sundays until 2022-09-25. Services will also operate on the August Bank Holiday. Timetables are now available.
Route X10: Kirkby - Liverpool - Birkenhead - Eastham - Rhyl - Pensarn
This year the service is extended to run from Kirkby to Pensarn while operating as a limited-stop service between Eastham and Pensarn. Journeys will operate seasonally on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, starting from Saturday 2022-06-25 until 2022-08-29. In future years, it will start running on the second Saturday in June and then run until the August Bank Holiday.
From Monday 2022-06-22, First South Yorkshire will be operating a new service numbered MAN4 for Amazon workers. This will call at Renishaw and Eckington for shift times at Amazon at Barlborough.
The reopening of Leicester St. Margaret’s bus station was postponed from 2022-05-30; a revised opening date has yet to be confirmed.
Next week, the railway network across England, Scotland and Wales will be heavily disrupted by strike action. Nominally, the stoppage is for three individual days (2022-06-21, 2022-06-23 and 2022-06-25) but the effects are such that passengers are being advised not to travel for six days because train positioning movements cannot happen. In effect, that makes it a Tuesday to Sunday stoppage so many will need to find other ways to travel. Rail magazine has criticised this action and it is difficult to see this practice getting continual repeats given the lasting damage to the rail industry that could be caused. Hopefully, sense eventually will prevail and I do recognise that some fear job losses and have been suffering from constraints to their earnings in these times of high inflation. There needs to be a compromise sooner and not later.