Football fans, bargain-hunters and revellers in the north are being warned of busier-than-usual trains this Saturday (Dec 29th).

RMT strike action on Saturday means most Northern services won’t run after 5pm. Other operators’ services will be busier.

Passengers – especially those travelling in and out Manchester Piccadilly – are being offered three top travel tips:
– Plan your journey
– Check before you travel at  
– Know the times of your trains home

A spokesperson for Network Rail added: “We are expecting trains and stations in Manchester to be very busy again this weekend so are urging passengers to be prepared.

“Most Northern services will stop running after 5pm due to RMT strike action, meaning other operators’ trains will be busier than usual.

“We therefore urge train customers to check before you travel at, plan your journeys in advance, and know your last trains home.

“Network Rail and train companies are working as one team to get people from A to B as safety and swiftly as possible.”

Extra staff will be on hand at Manchester Piccadilly station on Saturday to help passengers safely make their journeys to and from the station.

For information on the Northern strike visit:

To plan and check journeys visit