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More disruption ahead for rail passengers

Members of the RMT union on Arriva Rail North will strike next month Credit: ITV News

Rail passengers in the North West face fresh disruption after more strikes were called in the long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on Arriva Rail North will strike for 24 hours on May 9 and again on May 11, 14, 16 and 18 just on SWR.

The announcement was made at a protest in Westminster to mark the second anniversary of the dispute, which started on Southern Railway.

No fresh walkouts were announced on Merseyrail, where talks are being held to try to break the deadlocked row.

Hundreds of RMT members, disability campaigners and passengers joined the Westminster demonstration, which was followed by a lobby of MPs.

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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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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.