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Mayors urge RMT union to call off rail strikes

The region's Metro Mayors are urging rail staff to reconsider strike action on Northern Rail services amid ongoing misery for commuters.

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Today sees the second walkout this week in an ongoing dispute over driver-only trains. A further day of action is planned for Saturday, with union members say removing guards from trains is a safety issue.

Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham want safety concerns to be resolved but say the recent timetable crisis means commuters are suffering enough.

Suspended Lakes Line could run temporary West Coast Railways service 'from today'

Campaigners hope that train services will be able to resume on the suspended Lakes Line in Cumbria today.

Northern Rail temporarily closed the line, which runs to and from Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme and Windermere. It is running a replacement bus service until July 2nd.

However local MP and former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says a trial run of a temporary service by West Coast Railways was a success over the weekend, and "the ball is firmly in the Department for Transport's court" about whether a shuttle service from Oxenholme to Windermere could start from today.

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