Rail strikes confirmed for Grand National day

Strike action is set to impact punters heading to Aintree by train

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By Mark Scully 5:05PM 21 MAR 2017

RACEGOERS planning to head to Aintree by train for the Randox Health Grand National are set for a travel headache after the RMT rail union announced members at Southern Rail, Arriva Rail North and Merseyrail will strike on April 8.

The strike action comes as part of an ongoing dispute over staffing and the role of conductors on trains.

A strike by Southern members had originally been scheduled for April 4 but this has been pushed back to the Saturday of the Grand National in order to allow for talks between the company and the RMT to take place.

Strike action by Merseyrail members could prove particularly disruptive for those travelling to the Grand National as the company operates the service that runs from Liverpool city centre to Aintree.

Those travel woes are set to be compounded by a taxi driver strike due to take place on the Friday and Saturday of the Grand National meeting.

As many as 60 cabbies have vowed to cause travel chaos on the city's roads, with driver Ryan Jones telling the Liverpool Echo earlier this month: "We need to make a point and show the council how serious this is, so on Ladies' Day and the Grand National we will aim to block off as many access points to the city centre as possible.

"Now is the time for taxi drivers to take action. We are planning on bringing the city to its knees."

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