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Commuters set to be affected by more rail strikes
Friday 21st September 2018 @ 14:51 by Lauren Entwistle
Broadbottom Community Dinting Glossop Hadfield News Transport

Northern has announced more rail strikes that will affect services to Manchester throughout October.

The RMT previously stated that they had planned six consecutive Saturdays throughout September, but announced today that the 6th, 13th and 20th of October will also see a reduced timetable.

Northern said: “They expect to run around 30% of usual services and all customers are advised to plan carefully if they intend to travel on the rail network.

Unfortunately, on some routes, we aren’t able to run services, while others have a limited service.”

A replacement bus service is available on some routes where trains aren’t running, and they expect trains that are running to be extremely busy.

Today marks the beginning of the latest phase of RMT strike action, as talks at ACAS continue to try and find a resolution to the union’s long-standing dispute over plans to introduce Driver Only Operations across Arriva UK trains.

Arriva has been operating the Northern franchise since 2016.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“The Northern Rail action goes ahead as planned tomorrow in the guards’ safety dispute as Arriva Rail North continue to refuse to match the best practice in the industry on the guard guarantee and seem hell-bent on continued conflict.

“In spite of the collapse of this week’s talks at ACAS, RMT will not be deterred in its efforts and will continue to campaign both industrially and politically to ensure passengers using Arriva Rail North Train Services are afforded the respect they deserve and are provided with a continued and guaranteed safe, secure and accessible railway.

“The issue at the heart of the dispute remains the same – a safe, accessible and secure railway ‎for all and we thank the travelling public for their continued support for RMT’s campaign.”

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