Series of rail strikes taking place this week
Thursday 21st December 2017 10:23 Glossop Chronicle News Posted by Adam Higgins

Commuters across Glossopdale are set to be affected by a series of rail strikes in the space of one week this week. 

The strikes will impact on services on Monday 8, Wednesday 10 and Friday 12 January 2018.

It is being held by RMT Union members in the ongoing dispute over rail safety and a prospective move to driver-only trains, affecting the future role of the conductor.

It will affect Northern services, including between Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly, with only a skeleton service in operation.

This means drivers and guards from Arriva Rail North, which operates the Northern rail franchise, would stage a 24-hour walkout on the aforementioned dates.

Northern has announced the revised timetable for the two strike days for the Hadfield to Piccadilly line, which you can access by clicking here. Timetables for other Northern services can be found here.

It follow six such walkouts in the space of nine months in 2017 – with one-day strikes taking place in March and April, a three-day strike in July, two-day strikes in both September and October, and a one-day strike in November. Another strike was due to take place at the end of May but was suspended in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

With trains likely to be extremely busy, passengers intending to use the rail network on any of the three days are advised to give themselves more time to travel and consider whether their journey is necessary.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Every single effort that RMT has made to reach negotiated settlements in these separate disputes with the different train operating companies over safe operation and safe staffing has been kicked back in our faces and we are left with no option but to confirm a further phase of industrial action in the New Year. No one should be in any doubt, these disputes are about putting the safety of the travelling public before the profits of the private train companies.”

Read more of Mr Cash’s comments here.

Richard Allan, Northern’s Deputy Managing Director, said: “Northern is committed to investing in new and updated trains, better stations and faster journeys for our customers. Northern is still prepared to guarantee jobs and pay for conductors for the rest of our franchise to 2025 if we can reach agreement on how our colleagues deliver better customer service using those fantastic new facilities. Additionally, last week the Government wrote to RMT, guaranteeing employment for conductors beyond 2025 if RMT ends its dispute.

“RMT is striking yet again at Northern and at the same time on several other train operators. We will be working hard to keep customers on the move during these next RMT strike days.”

For more information about the strike action, visit https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/strike.

The latest industrial action comes as rail fares have risen by an average of 3.4 per cent from 2 January – the biggest rise since 2013.

A season ticket from Glossop to Manchester is set to go up by £40 and will cost £1,156 for commuters.

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