Rail operator issues ‘do not travel’ warning ahead of huge Manchester music weekend

A train operator has issued a ‘do not travel’ warning ahead of a huge weekend for music concerts in Manchester.

Thousands of spectators are expected to descend on the city from tonight (Thursday), with Ed Sheeran starting his four-night residency at the Etihad Stadium. The series of sold-out shows will then continue until the end of the week.

Parklife will also take place in Heaton Park over the weekend with headliners 50 Cent, Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion and Lewis Capaldi all set to make appearances at the North’s biggest music festival. Stadium rock giants The Killers perform at Old Trafford cricket ground on Saturday, while Alicia Keys will headline the AO Arena on Saturday night.

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Although general advice has been issued urging people to plan ahead when traveling this weekend, TransPennine Express has warned customers not to travel with the operator at all on Sunday due to the ongoing strike .

We’ve gathered the latest travel advice from train operators in our area below, as well as general advice for people traveling from Manchester Piccadilly station.

Trans Pennine Express

Kathryn O’Brien, Director of Customer Experience at TransPennine Express, said: “Ongoing industrial relations issues mean that we will only be able to operate a small percentage of our normal services on Sundays, and we are asking our customers to research other methods of travel.

“We do not issue ‘do not travel’ advice lightly, but we need to be realistic and need our customers to understand the difficulties they will face if they try to travel by train on Sundays. We are very sorry for any disruption of I am now calling on our customers to carefully consider their travel options, especially for post-event travel, as we simply will not have the capacity to get people to where they need to be.


Chris Jackson, Regional Manager for the North, said: “We know our late night services are going to be extremely busy this weekend – so we encourage customers to plan ahead how they will get home. Our staff will do all they can to help – and I would ask for the support of our passengers in being patient and following the instructions provided by station staff at night.

Avanti west coast

Heather Hodkinson, Avanti West Coast station manager in Manchester Piccadilly, said: “With major events taking place on our route this weekend, we strongly advise those making journeys to and from Manchester to plan ahead. advance and check before you travel. We are here to help and want everyone to have a good time, so please be considerate of our colleagues and other customers.”

Rail network at Manchester Piccadilly

Scott Green, Network Rail station manager at Manchester Piccadilly, said: “While it’s great events like these are back in Manchester and stations are getting busier, this has also led to a recent increase assaulted staff I understand this can be frustrating when there are delays or when busy, but that is no excuse for tempers to race and we will not tolerate any abuse of our staff.

“I urge everyone to plan their journey in advance and follow the advice of their train operator so that you know exactly what to expect this weekend, so that passengers and staff do not have to dealing with unacceptable behavior.”

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