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More than half of Northern Rail services will have to be cancelled because of planned strike action next week, the train operator has warned.
Members of the RMT union are due to walk out on the 3rd and 5th of October in a long- running dispute over the role of guards and driver- only trains.
The company, which operates across the North East, North West and Yorkshire, said it aimed to run about 1,200 services - 46% of its normal timetable.
Rail companies are to stage two 24-hour strikes in worsening disputes over the role of guards and driver-only trains.
Members of Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North will walk out on October 3 and 5.
The strikes will coincide with the Conservative Party's annual conference in Manchester.
Mick Cash, RMT general secretary accused Arriva Rail North of "intransigence", adding: "
A petition in defence of guards on Merseyrail has attracted over 20,000 signatures.
Mr Cash said:
The Merseyrail strike will coincide with the first phase of work to transform Liverpool Lime Street mainline station by the end of 2018.
Between September 30 and October 22 Network Rail will embark on a major project to overhaul the station, helping cater for a predicted doubling of peak-time passengers by 2043.
No trains will enter or leave Lime Street mainline station for nine days, and many will be diverted.
Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail's managing director, said:
Richard Allan, Arriva Rail North's deputy managing director, said:
Another wave of train strikes is expected to cause major disruption starting later on Arriva Northern and Merseyrail.
It's part of a long running dispute over controversial plans to introduce driver only trains.
Passengers are being advised to check with their train operators who're laying on replacement services.
A fresh wave of strikes on Merseyrail will go ahead after talks between union leaders and politicians failed to achieve a breakthrough to a bitter dispute over staffing and the role of guards.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out on Friday, Sunday and Monday, following stoppages earlier in the year.
The union said it wanted to ask Labour politicians on Merseyside "which side are you on?" after talks with officials, including Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham.
RMT leader Mick Cash said:
Rail workers in the north are to launch a fresh wave of strikes in long-running disputes over staffing and driver-only trains.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Arriva Rail North will walk out on Friday September 1 and Monday September 4.
Strikes will be held at Merseyrail on September 1, 3 and 4.
The union accused the companies and the Government of pressing ahead with controversial plans to extend driver-only operation.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash had a meeting with Arriva Rail North on Friday but accused the company of "intransigence", adding:
Alan Chaplin, Northern's managing director, said:
Leaders of the biggest rail workers' union have held a "productive" meeting with Liverpool's Metro Mayor in a bid to resolve a dispute over driver-only trains.
The meeting between Steve Rotheram came a day after the latest 24-hour strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "We have had a productive meeting today and there was a full and frank exchange of views and information.
"Both sides agreed to continue the dialogue and we will reconvene within the next six weeks."
There are warnings of a fresh wave on strikes on railways in our region over the issue of driver-only trains.
Chief officers from RMT branches at Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North are meeting later London to agree their next move in the long-running dispute with the rail operators over the plans to remove guards from trains.
The rail operators say driver-only trains are the safest and most efficient way forward.
But unions say it'll impact on passenger safety. Previous industrial action was suspended because of the terror attack on Westminster.
Disruption is worsening as more drivers than expected refuse to cross picket lines.
Merseyrail had hoped to run almost half its services, but "many" drivers took the decision not to work today.
The company said it was running around 20% of services, far fewer than previously advertised.
Trains were still running on most routes, every half an hour, but they were not stopping at every station.