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Arriva Rail North strike: Check your station

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North East commuters are set to face disruption on Friday with a 24-hour strike on Northern rail services.

Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members are walking out after talks broke down in a dispute over the role of train guards.

The rail company says it is adding carriages to services in operation around Middlesbrough, Whitby and Bridlington to help the support the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Check times for routes in operation:

The union said it was "angry and frustrated" that the company had rejected a proposal to invite Transport Department officials to join talks aimed at reaching a solution.

The rail company says it is committed to keeping customers moving during the industrial action:

"We expect to run more than 40 per cent of our normal timetable, and more than 300 additional rail replacement buses.

All services are expected to be extremely busy, with industrial action taking place on the Friday before the bank holiday weekend and the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle event.

– ARRIVA RAIL NORTH

For more information and a full list of services operating on Friday visit Northern Railway

24 hour strike by workers on East Coast mainline

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Railway workers on the East Coast mainline are staging a 24 hour strike today.

Members of the RMT union are taking the action because of plans to cut 200 jobs. Virgin Trains says it will continue to operate a full timetable between London and Edinburgh.

The company says it is making changes to 'customer-facing roles' which will see a single person take responsibility for the customer experience on its trains. It says that will have no impact on safety, and will result in a better experience for customers.

It has also ruled out any compulsory redundancies.

David Horne, Managing Director for Virgin Trains on the east coast said, "The changes we are making are part of the customer-centric revolution we have planned for the east coast. Alongside more modern trains, we want a modern customer service proposition - one that focuses firmly on the customer...we urge the union to rejoin us around the negotiating table."

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Rail delays on London to Scotland route

Rail passengers are facing long delays on a London to Scotland route after a person was hit by a train.

The incident, near Darlington in County Durham, is leading to hold-ups of up to 90 minutes.

The line between Newcastle and York is closed, with replacement buses being arranged.

Passengers facing delays are those travelling with the East Coast, First TransPennine Express and Grand Central train companies.

Locomotive makes first journey on historic line

It's been an historic day for the Wensleydale Railway in North Yorkshire as the A4 steam Locomotive, Bittern, made its first journey along the heritage line.

Hundreds of delighted passengers were there to see the locomotive, the sister of the world's fastest steam locomotive, Mallard.

Its visit marks the start of this year's Swaledale Fesitval, which has celebrated music and arts in the Dales for more than 40 years.

Bittern comes to North Yorks after chance pub chat

Bittern's arrival in North Yorkshire is down to the Artistic Director of the Swaledale Festival, Malcolm Creese, who had a conversation in a pub with one of the bosses of the company that owns the locomotive.

Bittern's visit marks the start of the annual festival of music and arts across Wensleydale and Swaledale, which has been running for 42 years.

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