Northern has joined calls for racegoers attending the Grand National on Saturday to back the transport ‘favourite’ and make their way to Aintree by train.

Advising those planning to travel by car that they’re betting on an ‘outsider’, the train operator has scheduled extra services into Liverpool Lime Street from across its network. From there, customers can head to Liverpool Central and connect onto Merseyrail for the 15 minute journey to Aintree station. They will also have extra staff on duty to help with the anticipated demand. 

Services are set to be busy, with Manchester United supporters also making their way over to Liverpool for their 12.30pm clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “It’s going to be a busy day, but we’re well-schooled with those. In racing terms, the trains are the clear thoroughbred here.”

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The Grand National is one of the most famous horse racing events on the planet. More than 500 million people in more than 140 countries are expected to tune-in on Saturday to witness the best jockeys battle it out on Aintree’s world-famous turf.

Northern is the UK’s second largest train operator, with nearly 2,000 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.