1. ITV Report

Dates confirmed for two strikes by Greater Anglia train staff

Greater Anglia is to face two 24 hour strikes on October 3 and 5 Credit: ITV Anglia

Train staff at Greater Anglia are to stage two 24-hour strikes in worsening disputes over the role of guards and driver-only trains.

The strikes by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union will take place on October 3 and 5.

Four rail companies will be affected by the strike. The others are Southern, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North.

Greater Anglia say they're very disappointed by the strike ballot but hope to run a full service if industrial action goes ahead.

We're keen to talk to the RMT to try and resolve the issues involved and to avert industrial action.

"In the event of industrial action going ahead, we'd like to reassure customers that we have contingency plans in place and intend to run a full service.

"We value our conductors highly and we have guaranteed their jobs until the end of the franchise in October 2025. In fact, we will be recruiting additional conductors, as we are replacing all of our trains with brand new trains from 2019, which will enable us to run more services

– Richard Dean, train service delivery director at Greater Anglia

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said the union wanted to resolve all the disputes with talks including the Department for Transport.

"RMT has a clear plan for resolving this dispute but that requires round-table talks now to push forwards. This fiasco cannot be allowed to drag on any longer.

"Greater Anglia have been given every opportunity to give a guarantee on the future role of the guard on their services. They have failed to do so and that left us with no alternative but to move to a ballot in the interests of rail safety.

– Mick Cash

The RMT says ‎both drivers and guards voted by a nine to one for strike action on a 90 per cent turnout. The drivers vote was two to one for action on a 75% turn out.