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North West rail workers stage 32nd strike over role of guards

Rail workers are staging their 32nd strike today in the long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains, leading to a significant reduction in services.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on Arriva Rail North (Northern) are mounting picket lines outside stations across the region.

Northern said it will operate a reduced timetable, with few trains running before 9am or after 6pm.

The company expects to run 30% of services, but some routes will have no trains, and others will have a bus replacement service.

Strikes will also be held on the next three Saturdays on Northern, while RMT members on South Western Railway will start a five-day walkout next Tuesday in the same dispute.

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TRAVEL: Disruption to rail services due to overrunning engineering works

Rail services in Lancashire and Cumbria are disrupted due to engineering works not being finished in time.

  • All lines are blocked between Preston and Oxenholme Lake District
  • Coaches have been requested to replace services at Lancaster, Preston, Oxenholme Lake District, Penrith & Carlisle
  • Tickets for services between Preston and Oxenholme Lake District are being accepted on Virgin Trains East Coast, Scot Rail and Cross Country, via any reasonable route
  • Replacement bus services in place between Kendal, Windermere and Oxenholme


TRAVEL: Rail services suspended between Hazel Grove and Buxton due to landslip

Northern Rail has apologised for any inconvenience caused. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Northern Rail says services between Hazel Grove and Buxton have been suspended until further notice due to a landslip at Middlewood station.

The line is not expected to reopen until Wednesday morning at the earliest.

The firm says it is working with Network Rail to return services to normal as soon as possible.

Rail replacement bus services will be in operation between Hazel Grove and Buxton in both directions until further notice.

You can find regular updates or check your journey before traveling on the Journey Check website. You can also Tweet Northern Rail via @northernassist

More trains for North West

Outdated trains will be replaced under Government plans Credit: ITV Granada

The number of seats on trains in the North West is to increase by a third, under Government plans to reduce overcrowding on the region’s rail network. There will also be an extra 200 services every day across the Northern and Trans Pennine rail franchises.

The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, will unveil the plans today on a visit to Victoria station in Manchester, which is currently undergoing a £44 million redevelopment programme. Mr McLauglin is calling for further investment in stations from companies interested in bidding for the new franchises.

Redevelopment plans for Manchester Victoria Station Credit: Network Rail

Successful bidders will also be required to replace outdatedPacer trains on North West rail routes and accommodate more than 19,000 extra commuters in Manchester during the morning peak.

Fine for wifi on Manchester rail routes

Manchester Piccadilly. Credit: PA

Rail routes through Manchester could benefit from "super-fast" wifi to enable passengers to work during their journey.

The government plans to invest in new on-board internet technology funded by a £70 million fine to be levelled on Network Rail for delays to services, it was widely reported today.

The Manchester to London services are among those expected to benefit.

A spokesman for Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the Sunday Telegraph: "We all know how frustrating it is to have our internet constantly disrupted on trains.

"At the moment it happens too often. Passengers expect and deserve better and with these plans, that is what they’ll get."

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