Published on : Thursday, May 24, 2018
The union members of RMT at Northern are striking for 24 hours on Thursday in an ongoing dispute about safety involving driver-only operated trains.
The union had mentioned that Northern has declared ‘war on passengers’.
Northern had called for ‘meaningful’ talks and mentioned that the majority of trains would operate between 07.00 and 19.00 BST. This firm had faced widespread criticism over cancellations, delays as well as the implementation of a new timetable on Monday.
The government had also announced urgent plans to deal with the poor performance of Northern.
Chris Grayling who is the transport secretary would be discussing this with the leaders from north of England later. The meeting comes as Thursday’s strike from 00:01 to 23:59 BST is set to be followed by similar action on Saturday.
A spokesman for Northern said it expected the ‘trains and any replacement buses we operate to be extremely busy’.
Passengers have been told to allow extra time for journeys, ‘plan carefully and consider whether travel is necessary’.
The majority of available trains would run between 07:00 and 19:00 to get people ‘into work and home again’, Northern said.
The latest strikes have been continuing as Northern ‘refuse point blank to engage in talks’, according to RMT general secretary Mick Cash.
He said the operator had shown it was “not capable of running a railway” and had declared ‘war on passengers and staff in the drive for increased profits’.
Northern’s deputy manager director Richard Allan said it was “disappointing” the union had targeted the bank holiday weekend and ‘the first week of the new timetable’.