Southern Rail, Merseyrail, and Arriva Rail North affected by RMT strike

Southern Rail, Merseyrail, and Arriva Rail North affected by RMT strike

Workers will conduct a strike today in an on-going dispute over the role of guards on trains

Monday, September 4, 2017

Rail workers across three separate operators have walked out on Monday morning (September 4), creating travel disruption for those returning to work after the summer holidays.

Rail, Maritime, and Transport Union (RMT) members across Southern Rail, Merseyrail, and Arriva Rail North have gone on strike as relations between the union and operators worsened.

It is the latest step in an ongoing dispute over the role of guards on driver-only trains, with the RMT arguing passenger safety can’t be guaranteed without them.

Picket lines have been mounted outside train stations across the country.

Southern Rail has said it plans to run most of its services despite the action, albeit with some cancellations, while trains across Arrival Rail North and Merseyrail will be reduced.

The chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, Paul Plummer, said companies were doing everything they could to keep services operational.