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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


RMT 'understands public frustration' over strikes

The union which organised strikes on Cumbria's railways today has defended the disruption caused to passengers.

The RMT called a walkout over Northern Rail's plans for introducing driver only trains.

Rail strike over driver-only trains to go ahead

RMT union members will strike for 24 hours next week Credit: PA

Trade union RMT has confirmed a strike against Northern rail, or Arriva Rail North, is set to go ahead despite talk of cancellations.

The guards and drivers members of the union will walk-out for 24 hours on Monday 13 March.

They say the dispute is over retaining train guards and the prospect of driver-only trains.

Settle line strike 'unnecessary'

The Settle to Carlisle railway line is known as one of the most scenic in the UK. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The general manager of the company that runs the historic Settle to Carlisle railway line has called a strike by staff, scheduled for this Saturday, "unnecessary".

Staff employed by the Settle and Carlisle Railway Development Company, who provide at-seat catering, will take action on Saturday 13 December.

The row is about compulsory redundancies, which the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers calls a "kick in the teeth":

“The last thing we expected on the historic Settle/Carlisle rail line was a compulsory redundancy situation - it seems the company's actions are at odds with their stated objectives leading them into a regrettable and wholly avoidable dispute with Britain's biggest rail union.

This is a kick in the teeth for loyal and hard-working staff who have fought to save and develop this well-loved service."

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

But the Settle and Carlisle Railway Development Company insists it was necessary to offer a member of staff a voluntary redundancy package, which that staff member then turned down:

"We regret the unnecessary strike action and hope it does not undermine the future of the service.

We had offered a generous voluntary redundancy package and another job, but sadly these were turned down."

– Drew Haley, General Manager

Workington RMT members to protest proposed job cuts

Members of the Workington branch of the RMT Transport Union are to protest against rail cuts.

They will be handing out postcards to passengers during their protest.

It's due to take place outside Workington Railway Station tomorrow, 23 April, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.

It is part of a nationwide campaign by Action for Rail against a government report which is proposing cuts to front line station and ticket office staff.