Delays expected as railway workers walk out on strike

By Sam Cooper | 28/04/2017

Delays expected as railway workers walk out on strike
Rotherham Central railway station

RAIL services will be disrupted today (Friday) as workers hold a 24-hour strike in a dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out over changes due to come into service in 2020.

Northern said its routes — including those through Rotherham — would be “extremely busy” but expected to operate more than 40 per cent of its normal timetable.

The dispute centres on plans by Northern to bring in more driver-only-operated trains.

The RMT has blamed Northern for the disruption after talks to avert the strike failed.

General Secretary Mick Cash said his members remained “united and determined”.

RMT said it was still prepared to talk with the union and said it was “disappointed” the strike was going ahead.

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