Northern cancels 170 services as rail staff decline work on World Cup final day

More rail misery is set to hit train stations tomorrow after staff made themselves "unavailable to work" on the day of the World Cup final.

Northern said at least 170 services will be scrapped for the day, however it is "likely" more will face the chop.

Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester are expected to be the worst-hit areas, and Yorkshire will also be affected.

The World Cup final between France and Croatia is due to take place on Sunday afternoon.

A spokesman said Northern’s staff contracts state they do not have to work on Sundays if they provide seven days’ notice.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and his Liverpool counterpart Steve Rotheram recently criticised Northern for causing "extreme chaos" on networks for "far too long".

Hundreds of services were cancelled by the operator and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) since departure schedules were modified in May.

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After months of controversy over delays and cancellations, GTR chief executive Charles Horton said he would resign.

The Northern spokesman apologised and said: "Unfortunately we have so far had to cancel more than 170 services across our network and it is likely more will be cancelled as we continue to plan our services."

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