RAILWAY workers on the Northern Rail franchise are staging further strike action in the ongoing row over driver-only operated trains.
Staff staged a 24-hour walkout yesterday, and there's another one on the way tomorrow – here's what you need to know.
Alamy Rail passengers across the North of England were affected by RMT strike action
When is the Northern Rail strike?
The RMT union announced on March 9 that its members on Northern, also known as Arriva Rail North, would take industrial action on May 24 and 26.
Members were instructed not to book on for any shifts that begin between 0.01am and 11.59pm on those dates.
It follows earlier walkouts in January, September, March and early May which also included workers on other operators such as Southern, Merseyrail, Greater Anglia and South Western Railway.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash blasted: "Every single effort that RMT has made to reach a negotiated settlement with Northern over safe operation and safe staffing has been kicked back in our faces.
"No-one should be in any doubt, this dispute is about putting the safety of the travelling public before the profits of the private train companies.
"It is frankly ludicrous that we have been able to negotiate long-term arrangements in Scotland and Wales that protect the guards and passenger safety but we are being denied the same opportunities with rail companies in England."
How were Northern Rail services affected before?
In previous strikes, Northern said almost 1,400 trains would run on each day of industrial action — around half the usual number.
Most services ran between 7am and 7pm and were expected to be "extremely busy", while some routes had busses running instead of trains.
In all cases, Northern advised passengers to check its website before travelling.
It included an interactive map and full list of the services available.
During previous industrial action, Northern’s Sharon Keith said: “We expect out services to be busy and, with amended timetables, we’re calling on our customers to plan ahead, check carefully and allow extra time for any journeys.”
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