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Only a third of Northern Rail services to run as workers walkout for 13th consecutive week

The strike action, together with some cancellations on Sunday 18 November, will see Northern running reduced timetables across the weekend. Credit: PA

Workers at two of the country's biggest rail operators were said to be solidly supporting a fresh strike on Saturday in the long-running dispute over guards on trains, causing travel misery for passengers.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on Arriva Rail North (Northern) mounted picket lines outside stations along with RMT members working for South Western Railway

Northern said only 30% of its services will run while both companies will lay on bus replacements on parts of their network.

The strike action, together with some cancellations on Sunday 18 November, will see Northern running reduced timetables across the weekend.

There will be no Northern services after the Boy George concert at the Newcastle Arena.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:

RMT members are standing determined and united again this morning on both Northern and South Western Railway in the long-running fight for safety, security and access on our trains while the private train companies gamble with their passengers' well-being.

This action comes as the political cheerleader of the driver-only train operational model, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, weighs up his own self interest and a possible resignation from the collapsing May Government.

It's time for both these companies to stop taking instructions from the Government, get out of the bunker and start talking seriously and positively with the union on the issue of the guard guarantee instead of gambling with public safety as they pump up their profits.

We thank the public for their continuing support and understanding that these disputes are all about safety and passenger service on Britain's increasingly violent and dangerous railways."

– RMT general secretary Mick Cash