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Rail passengers hit by three days of strike action

Strikes will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week Photo: PA

Another wave of Northern Rail strikes begin today, causing disruption for passengers across the Border region.

Rail union RMT brought on the industrial action in continuing the dispute over staffing and the introduction of driver-only trains.

It's the first of three days of strikes this week, with further strikes planned for Wednesday and Friday on what for many is the first full week back to work after the festive break.

Northern Rail is running a reduced timetable - and replacement buses on some services, including between Carlisle and Dumfries, and Oxenholme and Windermere.

The company says it will run around 1,350 services, more than half its normal timetable, with most running between 7am and 7pm.

Passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

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The General Secretary at RMT said they are frustrated, and that the industrial action is in the interests of rail passengers across the region:

Our members are angry and frustrated that yet again a genuine opportunity to make progress in talks yesterday has been kicked into touch by the pig-headed and intransigent attitude of Arriva Rail North who simply want their staff to surrender to their demands to axe guards from half their trains regardless of the safety consequences.

RMT was prepared to enter into a serious discussion around operational models similar to agreements reached in Wales and Scotland but the door was slammed in our faces.

As a result of the Arriva Rail North attitude the action goes ahead in defence of rail safety, access and security and the public will understand that we are fighting in the interests of rail passengers across the region.

This dispute is about putting public safety before private profit and that is the message we will be sending out on the picket lines from Monday."

– Mick Cash, General Secretary, R‎MT