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RMT holds 'productive' meeting with Liverpool's Metro Mayor

The dispute has been over driver-only trains. Credit: PA

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."

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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.

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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Commuters brace for disruption in third Northern Rail strike

Commuters are being warned of significant disruption tomorrow as Northern Rail workers walk out on strike for the third time. Unions claim they have strong public support in the dispute over plans to introduce driver only trains by 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.

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