Rail strikes to continue over Christmas period

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) have announced there will be strikes every Saturday of December after a failure to come to an agreement with Northern Rail.

The strikes will cause a lot of disruption to passengers and Northern Rail warned there will be a reduced service and very few trains after 5pm.

David Brown, Managing Director at Northern, said: “We are aiming to keep as many people moving as possible and ensuring customers can still travel into the biggest towns and cities for the big seasonal events including Christmas markets.

“We have fantastic colleagues who have supported customers by keeping our trains running on each of the RMT strike days.”

There have now been strikes for 19 Saturdays in a row over the plan to implement driver-only trains.

The government pledged to give enough funding to keep a second person on board trains last week but RMT still had concerns over customer safety.

Today, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash, wrote an open letter to Transport for North (TfN) urging them to support the union in this dispute.

He said: “It is clear government’s intervention in the dispute last week was nothing more than a deliberate and cynical attempt to mislead the travelling public.

“All RMT is asking for is that Northern passengers keep a safety critical guard on every train.”

The length of the strike period, which started in August this year, has received a lot of backlash on social media.

One woman said: “Why does @northernassist Yorkshire have a train strike every other week??? It’s ridiculous.”

Another passenger highlighted the overcrowding and poor service on Northern saying that trains are delayed daily.

RMT managed to come to an agreement with Greater Anglia back in July and with ScotRail yesterday over the issue of the removal of train guards.