Commuters in Bradford face third day of Northern rail strike

Marco Green
July 10, 2017

On average, more than 40 per cent of the train company's normal timetable across the three days have been running with rail replacement buses covering the rest, according to Arriva Rail North.

This is the third time union members have walked out over staffing for new trains due to come into service in 2020. There will be no trains after 19.00 today.

Strike action has also been announced for Sunday July 23, the final day of The Open golf championship at Royal Birkdale.

Regional director at Northern, Sharon Keith, said on Saturday: "We want to remind customers that we will continue to operate a very limited service".

Union boss Mick Cash said: "Once again RMT members are standing firm in the fight for safe and accessible rail services".

Commuters in Bradford face third day of Northern rail strike
Commuters in Bradford face third day of Northern rail strike

For those catching the Shotton to Bidston train for onward journeys to Liverpool; West Kirby line trains will not call at Bidston, Manor Road, Birkenhead Park, Conway Park, Moorfields, Lime Street Low Level and Liverpool Central stations.

Southern meanwhile, said today's action wasn't expected to have "any further effect" on services, though it cancelled around a quarter of its services to deal with the Aslef overtime ban.

The RMT claims that proposals for more DCO are part of a "wider attack on rail services" and that it is concerned about a threat to safety, although operators and the Department for Transport continue to maintain that more DCO is justified and does not pose a risk. A High Court judge has ordered the DfT to publish a decision by 13 July, after more than a year of negotiations behind the scenes.

However the Association of British Commuters (ABC) said disruption would be "inevitable".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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