Union calls more strikes on Arriva Rail North in driver-only trains row

The RMT Union has announced a series of fresh 24-hour strikes Credit: PA

Workers on Arriva Rail North are to stage a series of fresh 24-hour strikes in the bitter row over the role of guards, but a planned walkout on another train operator has been called off.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Arriva (Northern) will walk out on three consecutive Saturdays, August 25 and September 1 and 8, following the failure of talks.

But the union also announced that a strike on Saturday on South Western Railway (SWR) has been suspended to allow further talks to be held.

The union said further strikes on SWR, on August 11, 18 and a 48-hour stoppage from August 31, remained on.

The union has been embroiled in a row over driver-only operation for more than two years and has launched strikes against four train operators still involved, including Arriva Rail North (Northern).

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:

Mr Cash said there had been a "flurry of correspondence" with SWR this week.