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Unions warn of more rail strikes.

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.


More strikes expected in Merseyrail dispute as talks collapse

The last Merseyrail strike caused some disruption Credit: ITV News.

A bid to avert further industrial action by workers on Merseyrail has failed after talks ended without agreement

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union staged a 24-hour strike last week which caused huge disruption to services, made worse when drivers refused to cross picket lines.

The union is campaigning to keep a second, safety-critical member of staff on new trains due to come into service from 2020.

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Train drivers refuse to cross picket lines

A deserted Hunt's Cross railway station in Liverpool as workers at Merseyrail workers go on strike Credit: PA

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.

Merseyrail bosses tell passengers to 'expect overcrowding'

Merseyrail bosses have told passengers using their strike-hit services this morning to expect overcrowding.

The operator is one of two in the North West where staff have walked out in a dispute over the roles and responsibilities of guards on their networks. Tens of thousands of journeys will be disrupted as staff at Northern Rail also walk out.

Merseyrail's Andy Heath says their customers should check online for updates before setting off:

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