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War of words over guardless trains

Arriva say more than 300 rail replacement buses will be available Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

A union is warning the removal a guarantee of guards on trains would increase crime and anti-social behaviour.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Arriva Rail North have begun their third 24 hour strike in protest at staffing plans for new trains due to come into service in 2020.

The company says it expects to run more than 40% of its normal timetable, with more than 300 additional rail replacement buses.

All services are expected to be extremely busy, with the industrial action taking place on the Friday before the bank holiday weekend and on the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle event.

"Ending the guarantee of guards on trains will increase crime and anti-social behaviour, a union has warned ahead of a fresh strike over driver-only operation."

– RMT general secretary Mick Cash

"Our proposals, which we want to discuss further with RMT, will see staff more visible and available than ever before on trains and on stations. Any changes to Northern's services are always fully risk assessed."

– Richard Allan, Northern's deputy managing director