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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.

Rail services suspended between Stockport and Manchester due to police incident

Police incident at Levenshulme train station Credit: PA

Rail services between Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly have been suspended due to emergency services dealing with an incident.

The incident is reported to be at Levenshulme train station which has been closed off.

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Manchester Victoria train station to reopen tomorrow

Statement from Northern Rail Credit: Twitter

Northern Rail have announced that Manchester Victoria station is to reopen Tuesday 30th May.

Both rail and tram services will return to normal operation following the terror attack last week.

The station is connected to the arena where the blast happened killing 22 people.

Northern Rail thanked customers for their understanding in the past week.

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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:

Manchester Victoria station 'deserted' during rail strike

Manchester Victoria virtually empty at 7am on Monday Credit: ITV News/Rob Smith

Manchester Victoria train station appeared empty at 7am this morning, as members of the RMT union walk out on strike.

Signs advising passengers about rail strikes Credit: ITV News/Rob Smith

Tens of thousands of journeys will be affected today as union members stage a 24 hour strike on Merseyrail and Northern Rail services.

The strikes are likely to see more than half of all services cancelled in the North West.

Manchester Victoria virtually empty at 7am on Monday Credit: ITV News/Rob Smith

Striking rail union claims changes could affect passenger safety

The rail union, the RMT, says proposed changes by rail operators could affect passenger safety. Tens of thousands of journeys will be affected today as union members stage a 24 hour strike on Merseyrail and Northern Rail services. The strikes are likely to see more than half of all services cancelled in the North West. Daren Ireland form the RMT says he believes passengers support their action:

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