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Rail strikes bring disruption to England

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Members of the RMT union walked out in strike this morning in four separate disputes on Northern, Southern, Merseyrail and Greater Anglia, bringing disruption to services across England.

The union urged workers to strike over changes to the role of guards on trains, which it says causes a safety issue for travellers using the services. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT will not stand back while the guards – front-line staff when it comes to safety, security and access – are thrown off Britain’s trains for political and financial reasons.”

The strikes are taking place during planned closure of Liverpool Lime Street for refurbishment.

RMT says strike action will continue until 19.00 tonight (October 5).

Greater Anglia says it is attempting to run a full service during the strikes, while Arriva Rail North will run 46 per cent of its scheduled timetable. Merseyrail hopes to run as normal but with a break in the middle of the day.

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