Rail ser­vices dis­rupted by strike

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RAIL ser­vices were dis­rupted again yes­ter­day be­cause of an­other strike in the long-run­ning dis­pute over guards on trains.

Mem­bers of the Rail, Mar­itime and Trans­port (RMT) union on Ar­riva Rail North (North­ern) walked out for the 29th time since the row started. Only a third of trains were due to run.

The com­pany said: “We will be op­er­at­ing a re­duced timetable with very few trains run­ning be­fore 9am and af­ter 6pm. We ex­pect to run around 30% of ser­vices and all cus- tomers are ad­vised to plan care­fully if they in­tend to travel on the rail net­work.”

The union claimed crime has in­creased in the area served by North­ern, say­ing it showed the need for guards on every train.

A North­ern spokesman said: “Trav­el­ling to and from North­ern sta­tions is safe and it is in­ac­cu­rate and mis­lead­ing of the RMT to sug­gest oth­er­wise.

“Over 100 mil­lion pas­sen­ger jour­neys are made on North­ern’s net­work each year and there is no ev­i­dence that crime at North­ern sta­tions, in par­tic­u­lar those which are un­manned, has in­creased.”

RMT gen­eral sec­re­tary Mick Cash said: “No guard on the trains, com­bined with the de-staffing of sta­tions, is a toxic cock­tail that gives crim­i­nals a free hand on Bri­tain’s vi­o­lent rail­ways.”

Strikes will be held on North­ern on the next three Satur­days, while RMT mem­bers on South Western Rail­way will strike for 48 hours from next Fri­day in the same dis­pute.

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