The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Northern Rail - Two Days Of Strikes Planned

Arriva North Train
21 March 2018

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union has confirmed a further two days of strike action on Northern Rail will go ahead next week.

The strike is in protest at the extension of Driver Only Operation - the same strike that has plagued nearly all the commuter train networks in England for well over a year.

RMT members have been instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

  • 00:01 Hours and 2359 hours on Monday March 26

  • 00:01 Hours and 2359 hours on Thursday March 29

The union has asked for tripartite talks with the company and the Department of Transport but claims no response to that call. The RMT also claims the move by German owned Arriva Rail North to expand Driver Only Operation will mean nearly half a million trains running annually without a guard on board.

There is nothing in Arriva’s franchise agreement that requires them to axe guards from Northern trains and that the decision is wholly theirs alone. Agreements have been reached with train operators in Wales and Scotland that guarantee the retention of guards.


Northern Rail statement

In a statement to the public, Northern Rail said: 'To help keep you on the move during RMT strike action on Monday 26 and Thursday 29 March we will run more than 1,100 services. The majority of available trains will operate between 7:00am and 7:00pm as we focus on running as many trains as we can to get you into work and home again. As the overall number of trains running will be reduced, we expect trains and any replacement buses we operate to be extremely busy.


Most Northern services will be Bus Replacements apart from those listed below:

Barton - Cleethorpes

Bishop Auckland - Saltburn

Blackburn & Todmorden - Hebden Bridge Buses

Blackpool - Colne

Calder Valley

Cumbrian coast

Durham Coast

Leeds - Castleford - Knottingley

Leeds - Doncaster

Leeds - Harrogate - York

Leeds - Huddersfield

Leeds - Selby & York

Leeds - Sheffield

Leeds & Bradford Forster Square - Ilkley

Leeds & Bradford Forster Square - Skipton

Leeds To Bradford Forster Square

Liverpool - Wigan

Manchester - Alderley Edge

Manchester - Bolton - Blackburn

Manchester - Clitheroe

Manchester - Hadfield

Manchester - Hazel Grove - Buxton

Manchester - Huddersfield

Manchester - Liverpool

Manchester - Macclesfield

Manchester - Rose Hill & New Mills

Manchester - Warrington

Manchester - Wigan - Southport

Middlesbrough - Whitby

Newcastle - Morpeth

Oxenholme - Windermere Buses & trains      

Preston - Blackpool Buses updated 20 March

Preston - Manchester Airport

Preston - Ormskirk Buses        

Sheffield - Barnsley - Huddersfield

Sheffield - Hull

Sheffield - Lincoln

Skipton - Carlisle & Lancaster

Stockport - Chester

Tyne Valley

Wakefield - Huddersfield

Wolds Coast

York - Hull

Picture: Get on the bus if commuting in the North except on the trains services running above on March 26 & 29


Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 21 March 2018


Related Articles

Union To Make April Fools Out Of OCS And Engie

Having just been awarded contracts with a total value of £1.1 billion, OCS and Engie will be disappointed to learn that strike action could be called before they...

 Read Full Article
At It Again - IWGB Move for Strikes At UCL

The IWGB's campaign against London universities has moved from University of London to focus on University College London. The union is balloting hundreds of...

 Read Full Article
JV On Track For Train And Regen Project

A joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Vinci Systra has been awarded the HS2 construction management contract for the £1 billion Old Oak Common station. The...

 Read Full Article
Transfer Deadline Extended

A strike planned for August 26 was called off after Bradford Teaching Hospitals agreed with Unison to delay plans to form Bradford Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd...

 Read Full Article
BEIS Dispute Escalates As Dept Finds Brexit £10 Million

More PCS members working for outsourcing companies at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy are to take action from this week, joining colleagues who...

 Read Full Article
Imagine All The People Living Life In Peace - Dream On

ASDA, Heathrow and now Liverpool’s John Lennon airport have all been struck with strike threats as two separate unions encourage low paid manual workers to take...

 Read Full Article
Immoral Compass Finds Right Direction

A Compass Group company has agreed to the 'return' of working weeks 'stolen' from employees according to the workers' union Unite. ESS had put their...

 Read Full Article
Funding Boost To Meet Growing Demand For Cycle Parking

A plan from Transport for London includes improved cycle parking outside 10 stations in the coming year, along with 1,400 new spaces in residential...

 Read Full Article
Summer Of Discontent - Fourth FCO Strike To Hit Interserve

The PCS union is ramping up efforts to make FM companies and the clients they work for hot under the collar as strike action bites home. However, the PCS (Public and...

 Read Full Article
Living Wage Laughed Out The Door - BEIS Strike Planned

Outsourced workers are set for indefinite strike action at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as their employers laugh at a Living Wage plan....

 Read Full Article