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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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Rail operators warn; 'check our website' as strike begins

Bosses at strike hit, Northern Rail, have asked their customers to check their website before setting off, today. The rail operator has been hit by a one strike by the RMT Union in a row over future responsibilities of guards on their network. The Union claims the changes could affect passenger safety. Sharon Keith from Northern Rail says some services will still be running:

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Northern Rail strike action to cause severe travel disruption

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Rail passengers across Cumbria face severe disruption to their journeys on Monday, as Northern Rail staff go on strike.

Staff on Northern Rail services have voted to take industrial action for 24 hours, in a dispute over the role of guards.

It's forced the operator to run a reduced timetable and 300 rail replacement buses across it's network.

To view the revised rail timetables and replacement bus timetables, you can visit the Northern Rail Industrial Action page here.

Bus replacement services will run between:

  • Appleby and Carlisle
  • Oxenholme to Windermere
  • Workington to Carlisle
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Merseyrail bid to prevent strike action by RMT union

Merseyrail wants to prevent strike action by members of the RMT union. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Merseyrail is seeking an injunction to prevent strike action by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on Monday, the company announced.

Union members are planning to walk out for 24 hours in a row over driver-only trains (DOO) and the role of conductors.

A company statement said: "Merseyrail can confirm that we are seeking an injunction to prevent strike action from taking place on March 13.

"This is in relation to on-board staffing arrangements on the new fleet of trains that Merseytravel will introduce on to the network in 2020.

"Merseyrail argued to the High Court that decisions about the design and operation of the trains under DOO principles were taken by council leaders and councillors in December 2016 and that Merseyrail had no choice but to implement these plans.

"As such, the RMT's dispute is with Merseytravel and not Merseyrail."

An RMT spokesman said: "RMT will robustly defend the union's position in the current dispute with the company over the threat to the guards grade and the safety of the rail network.

"Instead of dashing to the courts under the cloak of the anti-union laws the company should be around the table with the union negotiating a guarantee of a safe and sustainable solution to this dispute that retains a guard on their trains."

The case will be heard in the High Court in London later on Thursday.

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