Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday. The claim is that management has left 'no option' other than to strike.
Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday.
It is the latest step in a continuing dispute over overtime and the grading of roles which staff say do not recognised the "complex and demanding role of this key group of staff".
There was a 48 hour strike in February but, according to RMT the issues remain unresolved and staff will now strike between Thursday April 10 and Wednesday April 16.
Replacement bus service running on Northern Rail between Carlisle and Hexham due to obstruction on the line at Haltwhistle.All lines are blocked.
Journey times may be extended by up to 30 minutes. There is no estimate for a normal service.
Replacement bus service running on Northern Rail between Seaham and Nunthorpe due to landslip at Hartlepool.
Trains are only running between Hexham and Seaham. Journeys extended by up to 45 minutes.
Northern Rail do not have an estimate for normal service.
There are delays of about 30 minutes on the Northern Rail service between Newcastle and Sunderland, caused by signalling problems at Heworth.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a group of youths threw bricks at a train as it left Seaham Station.
The incidented happened on Saturday June 23rd at the level crossing just outside the station as the 2.18pm train set off for Hexham.
British Transport Police say a group of youths threw objects at the train from a wooded area close to the station.
The driver's front cabin window cracked which meant the train had to be taken out of service when it reached Newcastle.
Anybody with any information about the bricks being thrown is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B11/NEA of 16/07/2012. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.