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Northern Rail strike to go ahead next week

Train operator Northern has published revised train times to keep customers on the move during RMT’s latest strike action on Wednesday 8 November.

Talks today broke down between Northern and the RMT.

Northern plans to run more than 1,300 services, concentrating its efforts on running as many trains as possible between 0700 and 1900 to get customers into work and home again.

Between those hours, Northern will operate around 65% of the normal weekday timetable.

For details of the amended railway timetable click here

During talks today we asked RMT to suspend their strike action to allow us to work together to shape the future on-board role, focusing on giving customers a better service.

This was not accepted, so we continue to concentrate our efforts on running as many trains as possible for our customers during the next RMT strike on Wednesday 8 November.

– Richard Allan, Northern’s deputy managing director

The abject failure of Arriva Rail North bosses to take today's talks seriously means that the action next week goes ahead and the disruption that will be unleashed will be entirely down to the companies failure to engage with the union.

RMT negotiators entered today's talks in good faith but it was soon clear Norther‎n Rail were just going through the motions.

This dispute is about public safety and the fact that Northern can't or won't grasp that basic fact leaves us with no option but to strike next week.

Passengers will understand that the key issue is about putting public safety before private profit and we thank them for their continuing support.

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash