Rail union RMT will take strike action on Northern Rail by Arriva later this week over the role of the guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation.
All Arriva Rail North Conductor, Conductor Instructor and Train Driver members will take action on the following dates:
- Thursday, May 24 from 12.01am-11.59pm
- Saturday, May 26 from 12.01am-11.59pm
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The next phase of action on Thursday and Saturday goes ahead exactly as planned as the company refuse point blank to engage in talks.
“Northern Rail want to run half a million trains a year without a safety critical guard on board in a move that would wreck both safety and access to services and they should listen to their front-line staff and pull back from that plan immediately.
“We thank the public for their support and understanding throughout this dispute over rail safety and access and the union remains ready for talks.”
A spokesperson for Northern Rail posted on their website: “To help keep you on the move during RMT strike action on Thursday, May 24 and Saturday, May 26 we will run as many services as possible each day.
“On Thursday, the majority of available trains will operate between 7am and 7pm as we focus on running as many trains as we can to get you into work and home again.
“On Saturday, most trains will run between 7am and 5pm as we work to get you to and from leisure destinations across the region.
“As the overall number of trains running will be reduced, we expect trains and any replacement buses we operate to be extremely busy.
“During the RMT strike action we expect all services to be busy, especially in the morning and evening peak periods, and advise you to allow extra time to travel.”
Timetables are subject to change on these dates and services may be added/removed depending on availability.