Northern rail workers on strike

Northern train

12:06am 13th March 2017
(Updated 2:40pm 13th March 2017)

Rail passengers are facing disruption as Northern train drivers and guards take part in a 24-hour strike.

Last month, members of the RMT union voted for industrial action as part of a row over the future role of guards on services.

Union leaders say that train operator Arriva Rail North has "failed to give assurances".

Richard Allan, Deputy Managing Director at Northern, said: "Modernising the train journey of our customers means we have to make changes. We want to involve everyone as we develop our plans, from our customers and communities, to employees and their trade unions.

"Our proposals are still in the early stages, so it is disappointing that RMT is taking strike action on Monday 13 March, because there is lots of time to talk and agree how we modernise the way we provide customer service. As part of our proposals, we are prepared to offer guarantees on jobs and pay to our people."

During the strike, Northern is expecting to run approximately 980 services, which is around 40% of its normal timetable.

Regional Director Paul Barnfield said: "By 12.30pm, 448 trains had arrived at their destinations, helping customers get to work in major towns and cities across the North. Our plan is working well and we have even been able to run a few more morning rush hour trains than originally planned.

"We are now concentrating efforts on getting people home this evening. We urge everyone wanting to travel home today to think now about their return journey. Services on many routes will start to wind down from mid-afternoon onwards, with very few trains running after 5pm this evening.

"On behalf of Northern, I would like to thank our customers for working with us today and altering their travel plans. I would also like to thank all of our people who have worked so hard to run our trains today.

"Keep an eye out on Northern's social media feeds for any updates on our train services."

Replacement bus services are running on routes including Skipton to Settle.

The Harrogate Bus Company has organised extra journeys on its 36 route between Ripon, Harrogate and Leeds to help keep passengers on the move.

More information at www.northernrailway.co.uk/industrial-action

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