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.

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