Strike action on the railway again

Bridlington railway station
Bridlington railway station

Rail passengers face more misery next week with two more days of strikes planned.

Members of the RMT union will be walking out again on Tuesday and Thursday (October 3 and 5) in their ongoing row over driver-only trains in the region.

Amended timetables show only two services will run from Bridlington to Scarborough on both days, departing at 12.06pm and 8.03pm.

Passengers going to Hull fare better, with 11 return services planned - the first train leaves Bridlington at 7.30am and the last train back from Hull is at 7.15pm.

A statement on the Northern Rail website said: “The majority of available trains will operate between 7am and 7pm, with services on some routes finishing earlier.

“During these hours the overall number of trains running will be significantly reduced.

“We expect trains and any replacement buses we operate will be extremely busy. Please allow extra time for journeys, plan carefully and consider whether travel is necessary.”

A number of days of strike action have been held on the Northern network during the summer.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said on the union’s website: “These strikes are about safety. They are about putting the safety and security of the travelling public before the profits of private companies, profits that in the most part are shipped overseas to subsidise transport services in Europe and China. That is a national scandal.

“It is disgraceful that we have been unable to get serious and meaningful talks going in any of these five disputes and that points clearly to the dead-hand of the Government driving the faceless railway policy on purely ideological grounds and demanding that their contractors fall in line.

“RMT will not stand back while the guards, front-line staff when it ‎comes to safety, security and access, are thrown off Britain’s trains for political and financial reasons.”

In response to the latest round of strikes, Richard Allan, Northern’s deputy managing director, said: “Northern is modernising local rail with new and refurbished trains, better stations and faster journeys and, while strike action is disruptive, we remain firmly focused on delivering a better service for our customers.

“RMT continues to reject our offers to talk and we are disappointed that the union has called further strike action on Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 October. We are still prepared to guarantee jobs and current pay for all our conductors for the next eight years.”