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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK
Delays hit Merseyrail commuters
Merseyrail train
The delays are causing problems for commuters
Problems with the wheels on Merseyrail trains are causing further problems for commuters in Liverpool and the Wirral.

The train operator has cut services to a half-hourly service on all routes, with Wirral services starting and ending at Liverpool James Street.

Merseyrail has said the problems are caused by "unusual levels of wear on train wheels" and that every effort is being made to repair them.

Rail watchdog Passenger Focus has said disruption is hitting commuters hard.

'Well handled'

David Sidebottom from the independent group said: "My concern is that things will only get worse because obviously you've got the colleges and universities going back, they'll be more people back off holidays so there'll be more passengers around.

"I've got to say as well though, Merseyrail were handling it very well on Thursday - I was out and about at a number of stations and they had a number of staff out on the platforms making sure people were getting to where they wanted to go to."

Merseyrail has apologised to passengers for any inconvenience caused.

A spokesman said: "We have been working in conjunction with Network Rail to investigate the possible causes of this problem but some reduced capacity of trains is inevitable over the next few weeks.

"Until further notice, all Northern and Wirral line services will run as a half-hourly service, and all services will be three cars only.

"We will, wherever possible, run additional services during the peak hours."

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