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March/April 2019

Strike action called on Northern Rail

Rail strike hits UK

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has called for two 24-hour strikes on Northern Rail at the end of March.

The strikes are part of a continued dispute between RMT and several operators over proposed changes to the role of train guards, which the union says puts passenger safety at risk. Northern Rail insists the change will ‘modernise’ services and will not result in job or pay cuts.

RMT has now taken 14 days of strike action on Northern Rail in relation to the dispute.

If the strikes go ahead, RMT union members on Northern Rail will walk out between 0001 and 2359 on Monday, 26 March and Thursday, 29 March.

Northern Rail says it will only be able to operate a limited service – for example between 0700 and 1900 – on strike days, with around 50 per cent of the usual services. A notice on its website says details of which trains will be affected will be available closer to the strike days, and customers whose trains are cancelled or who decide not to travel can claim for a refund or compensation.


Good luck with the strike. Northern management need to listen to what its staff and passengers want. We want safety before profit. We need the guards on the trains. SAY NO TO DOO KEEP THE GUARD ON THE TRAIN KEEP THE TRAIN SAFE. I am a regular wheelchair passenger.Without the Guard and manned stations wheelchair users have no chance of travelling by train.

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ANGELA Taylor (not verified)

Switzerland has one of the best and safest suburban networks in the world - with no guards! Do they know something we don't?

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Ray Hayley-Barker (not verified)

Well, I have been trying the train into Manchester instead of driving. The cost is more and it takes longer, but saving the planet etc.

Sod that. In the last 3 months we have had strikes, cancellations, and every train has been delayed. One broke down with me on it and another we had to push when it broke down. The Mid-Cheshire line is a joke and I for one have given up on it.

Season ticket ends April then that's me back on the M56!

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