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RMT warns of railway 'crime surge'

Services at Carlisle station are affected. Credit: ITV Border

RMT workers are striking at Carlisle and Workington railway stations today, in a dispute over the removal of guards from some passenger services.

Northern services between Carlisle, and Newcastle and West Cumbria are affected.

The union has warned that axing guards will lead to "surge in crime" on services in Cumbria.

Removing staff from trains, which will travel through over 300 unstaffed stations, is a toxic combination that will increase anti-social behaviour and and unleash a surge in crime which will see Northern rail becoming a muggers' paradise.

The public are right to be concerned and that is why they are backing RMT's fight for the guarantee of a guard on Northern trains.

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash



Northern Rail strike action to cause severe travel disruption

Credit: PA

Rail passengers across Cumbria face severe disruption to their journeys on Monday, as Northern Rail staff go on strike.

Staff on Northern Rail services have voted to take industrial action for 24 hours, in a dispute over the role of guards.

It's forced the operator to run a reduced timetable and 300 rail replacement buses across it's network.

To view the revised rail timetables and replacement bus timetables, you can visit the Northern Rail Industrial Action page here.

Bus replacement services will run between:

  • Appleby and Carlisle
  • Oxenholme to Windermere
  • Workington to Carlisle

Funding agreed for East Linton and Reston stations

The railway line passing through Reston. Credit: ITV Border

Funding has been agreed to re-open railway stations at the town of East Linton, and the village of Reston in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Borders and East Lothian councils have agreed to support plans outlined by the Scottish Government, which would see both local authorities increase their contributions to the project.

Scottish Borders Council will pay £2.84m for Reston Station, while East Lothian will put £3.44m towards East Linton Station.

The scheme would see the return of the local rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick-Upon-Tweed, and it's hoped the stations could be operational by 2021.

Following design work undertaken by Network Rail, current cost estimates are £10.63m for a new station at Reston and £11.13m for a new station at East Linton.

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