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RMT members at Northern rail stage fresh 24-hour strike

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Passengers will face more disruption today as rail workers stage another strike in the row over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on Arriva Rail North will walk out on May 24th and 26th.

They're angry at plans to introduce driver-only trains.

This dispute started more than two years ago and affects five train operators in the UK.

To help keep you on the move during RMT strike action on Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 May we will run as many services as possible each day.

On Thursday, the majority of available trains will operate between 7am and 7pm as we focus on running as many trains as we can to get you into work and home again.

– Northern Rail website
Northern Rail are cutting some of peak hour services. Credit: PA

It comes on a week of major disruption after the new timetables were brought in.

Meanwhile, Northern is today involved in urgent talks with the Transport Secretary over its performance record.


Rail dispute: talks to continue.

Merseyrail have been meeting members of the RMT union today to discuss ways of resolving the long-running dispute over driver only trains. for the past 12 months there's been a series of walkouts by rail staff over plans to do away with guards on trains.

The dispute over driver only trains has lasted 12 months. Credit: pa

Following talks between the two today both have agreed to meet again within the next 7 days to continue discussions in a bid to find a solution. olution.

“I am pleased at the positive progress that has been made in the discussions with the RMT with the aim of resolving the current industrial dispute.

– Andy Heath, Merseyrail

Rail staff walkout on strike for third time this week

The strike has reduced services across the North West Credit: PA

Rail passengers across the North West are facing their third day of disruption in a week because of strike action by staff.

RMT Union members on Merseyrail and Northern Rail are walking out for the 13th time in a long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Merseyrail insists it wants to talk to the union. Northern says it is aiming to maintain services today.

Rail passengers face disruption as second day of strikes get underway

The RMT says the disputes are over issues including the role of train guards and the extension of driver-only services. Credit: ITV News

Rail users are facing more disruption this morning as the second day of strike action this week gets underway.

RMT members on Merseyrail and Northern Rail are walking out in a dispiute over the role of guards on trains.

Merseyrail say they want dialogue with the union and Northern say they'll aim to maintain services.

We are doing everything we can to keep our customers on the move during the three days of industrial action affecting our network.

We are still working to determine the exact services we will be able to operate, but those trains that do run will be on an amended timetable and are likely to be extremely busy.

– Sharon Keith, Regional Director at Northern Rail

In the past customers have responded well by planning ahead and in many cases making changes to their usual journey when necessary. We are confident that by continuing to plan ahead, our customers, both local and from further afield, will be able to go about their business, whether they choose to travel by rail, bus, ferry or car

– Frank Rogers, Chief Executive of Merseytravel

RMT strikes: mixed feelings from rail passengers in Manchester

Rail passengers in Manchester this morning had mixed feelings about three days of strike action which the RMT union has planned for this week.

Union members from Merseyrail and Northernrail are protesting over the role of guards on trains.

Some passengers we spoke to supported their decision, others were frustrated at a lack of progress in talks:

The RMT union is calling for a special summit to break the deadlock.

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