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Rail strikes causing disruption

Rail strikes causing disruption

Published at 7:51am 1st September 2017. (Updated at 8:26am 4th September 2017)

Northern rail services are being affected by more strike action.

Members of the RMT union have walked out again for 24 hours as part of a row over plans to introduce driver-only-operated trains.

They also took part in a 24-hour strike on Friday.

During the industrial action, there is a reduced timetable and buses are replacing trains on routes including Skipton to Settle.

Most services will only operate between 7am and 7pm, with final services on some routes finishing before 7pm.

Northern says that trains are expected to be extremely busy, journeys may take longer than normal and connections to other services may not be available.

To help customers during the action, Arriva Trains Wales, East Midlands Trains and Cross Country have agreed to add extra stops to some of their timetabled services, calling at stations usually served by Northern.

Key advice for passengers:

  • Consider whether your journey is necessary.
  • Trains will not be available at all stations, so check on Northern's website for the full list of stations without a service.
  • Northern customers can use their tickets on Arriva Bus services for equivalent journeys where trains are not available.
  • If you are attending the opening nights of Blackpool Illuminations or Bingley Music Live, you will need to find alternative travel options for your journey home, as last trains will depart well in advance of the closing time for both events.

Sharon Keith, Regional Director for Northern, said: "Our priority is to keep customers informed and updated on both days of strike action, as we try to keep the region moving. We are operating a limited service across our network on both days from 7am until 7pm, with trains finishing earlier in some places.

"We have focused on ensuring our busier routes between major towns and cities maintain a good level of service throughout the day, while replacement bus services will be available on some routes where there are no trains. We are asking customers to plan ahead carefully and consider whether their journey needs to be made as all trains will be far busier than normal."

Passengers have been venting their frustration on social media, with one person on Twitter saying: "Both sides need to get talking and sort it out. Been going on far too long now."