Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Disruption to train services in Lancashire

Disruption to train services in Lancashire

A 24-hour strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) caused widespread chaos after drivers refused to cross picket lines.

It's as the region is hit by a major rail strike, which will affect the whole of the North.

Highways England tweeted: "Due to planned Rail Industrial Action today, traffic may be higher than normal".

The strike is because RMT does not want driver-only trains to be introduced, it is calling for guards to be present on carriages to open doors and provide safety back-up.

Services on the Northern and Merseyrail networks were left in tatters this morning with the evening set to be just as disruptive.

They say that in 2014 the revenue income of Merseyrail was £51 million, and Merseyrail paid out a dividend not far short of £14 million meaning a quarter of passenger fares ending up in the pockets of Merseyrails owners, Serco and Dutch state owned Abellio.

Frustrated commuters giving up on cancelled or delayed trains and finding alternative routes to work is also expected to create chaos on the roads this morning. The RMT want assurance that guards are to remain before discussions reconvene - they believe it is a safety issue.

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Theresa May's spokesman said last night that the Prime Minister was "disappointed. that once again the RMT are disrupting passengers across the country".

They say services will be very busy and customers are advised to give themselves extra time to travel and consider whether their journey is necessary.

RMT union General Secretary Mick Cash said: "The union's position on Driver Only Operation (DOO) is perfectly clear.

It is now down to the company to ‎get that pledge back on the table and engage with the union in talks over a safe and sustainable future built around the guarantee of a guard on the trains".

Northern Rail have issued a revised timetable and Transdev are running more buses on the 36 service to Leeds.

The RMT action is absolutely solid, with pickets out in force at key points and the response on the ground has been wholly positive.

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