When are the Northern rail strikes and what services will be affected?

Another day, another rail strike for many of Britain’s weary commuters.

This time it’s Northern Rail who are striking, in a row over automated guards on the trains.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said of the reason for the strike:

‘German-owned 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…

‘RMT has agreed arrangements in Wales and Scotland that enshrine the guard guarantee. If it’s good enough for Wales and Scotland to have safe rail services, it should be good enough for the rest of Britain.

‘We thank the public for their support and understanding throughout this dispute over rail safety and access and the union remains ready for talks’

The strike will be for 24 hours on Thursday and Saturday of this week.

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The union said that on Thursday, available trains would run from 7am to 7pm, and on Saturday they’d aim to have services between 7am and 5pm.

The overall number of trains, however, will be reduced, and in some cases a replacement bus service will be in place.

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It has been advised for passengers to leave extra time to get to their destination, as it’s likely it will be busier than usual.

You can see a full list of every route affected by the strike here.

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