Strikes in the North West and Wales

Heart looks at how we'll be affected by Wednesdays industrial action

The largest public sector strike in nearly 30 years is expected to go ahead on Wednesday as months of negotiations fail to please both sides of the table.

It's thought that 9 out of 10 schools could closed with NHS services and airports also being affected.

It's in a row over changes to workers' pensions.

Councils, Schools and Education

School ClosedAlmost every school on the WIRRAL will be closed, but the council don't expect other services to be affected too badly. There's more information on the Wirral Borough Council website.  

Also, Wirral Met College have said that all of their three sites will be closed on Wednesday.

In WEST CHESHIRE and at least 60 schools are expected to be closed with other services also affected, more info on the CWAC Website

It's a similar story in FLINTSHIRE where more than 70 schools are expected to be closed as staff walk out on strike.  You can see which are closed here.  You can also see what other council services are affect here.

DENBIGHSHIRE County Council say it's hard to know exactly which services are going to be closed during the action, they have got a list of schools which they know will close, on their website

Schools will also be closed in CONWY, the latest from the County Borough Council is here

In WREXHAM there will be disruption to Council services and a number of schools closed. List here.

Health Services

Hospital sceneNationally the NHS has said that Accident and Emergency departments will be open by non-essential treatment has been postponed during Wednesdays action.

On Merseyside and the NHS have been telling Heart that: "Community and primary care, such as Walk-in centres and GP surgeries, are expected to be open for business on the day, although services could experience some disruption as a result of public transport changes and school closures."


Wallasey Tunnel EntranceMerseyside is likely to be hit the hardest by Wednesdays industrial action with both of the Mersey tunnels being closed to the public, with Cross River bus services dropping people off at Hamilton Square Railway Station in Birkenhead.  Motorists will face a 40 mile de-tour to cross the Mersey over the Runcorn bridge. 

Merseyrail services will be unaffected but ferry services over the Mersey will not operate.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport have told Heart that unlike other airports they are not expecting "much, if any disruption."