Travel chaos as hundreds of passengers stuck at stations

A Manchester train station has descended into chaos as huge crowds desperately attempt to leave the city centre amid major rail strikes.

Hundreds of passengers are trying to board trains at Piccadilly station as major delays are reported, leading to major overcrowding and long queues.

Delays and cancellations due to a lack of train drivers and short-formed carriages are to blame for the chaotic scenes, with disgruntled travellers taking to social media to air their frustration.

A number of Northern services in the city are running over 10 minutes late as passengers struggle to get through the ticket barriers, reports Manchester Evening News.

The issue is expected to be more widespread, as Northern has planned strike action for every Saturday in December – running a very limited service after 5pm.

This morning drivers were warned of traffic delays as a result of the Manchester United game and one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and the Christmas markets.

For the second time in Manchester this week, passengers were warned to allow for ‘extra time’ around the Old Trafford area.

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