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RMT strike action in the North West

The union at the centre of the rail dispute is calling for a special summit to break the deadlock.

Three days of strike action on Merseyrail and Northern Rail are planned for this week.

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RMT strike action: how could I be affected?

The RMT union is holding three days of strike action this week in a dispute over the role of guards on the trains and fears for "rail safety".

Union members at Northern and Rail and Merseyrail will strike on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

A Department for Transport spokesman said the five franchises will "keep passengers moving" during the strikes.

Here's how you could be affected:

MERSEYRAIL

  • Severely reduced service across the network
  • Tickets being accepted on other services
  • No trains running on the Kirkby, Ellesmere Port or Hunts Cross lines
  • Services that do operate will run between 07:00 and 19:00
  • There will be a break in the middle of the day where no trains will run

NORTHERN RAIL

  • Severely reduced service across the network
  • Replacement bus service running at Manchester Piccadilly, Preston and at Chester
  • Tickets being accepted on other services
  • Northern are operating around 65% of their normal timetable
  • Services that do operate, will run between 07:00 and 19:00

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