Northern Rail companies can be disrupted once more on Saturday 15 December, with the practice operator working a much-reduced schedule in response to a deliberate strike.

This newest spherical of commercial motion began on Saturday 25 August and can proceed on consecutive Saturdays for the remainder of the month. 

The strikes have been known as as a part of an ongoing dispute over the position of practice guards and rail security involving the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union. 

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Travellers have been affected by bouts of commercial motion taken by Northern Rail workers in March and June. 

When will the strikes be taking place?

The subsequent strike interval will happen between 12.01am and 11.59pm on Saturday 15 December. 

Will trains nonetheless be working?

Northern can be working roughly 700 companies on Saturday – however with only a few companies working after 5pm.

How will my journey be affected?

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Some routes received’t have any companies working, whereas others have a restricted service. On these routes the place trains are working, all companies are anticipated to be extraordinarily busy. There are additionally alternative bus companies obtainable on some routes the place trains aren’t working.

This weekend Northern has managed so as to add some further companies within the north east on the next routes:

8.25am – Middlesbrough to Newcastle

10.41am – Newcastle to Hartlepool

12.05pm – Hartlepool to Newcastle

1.41pm – Newcastle to Middlesbrough

3.32pm – Middlesbrough to Newcastle

5.41pm – Newcastle to Middlesbrough

“We now have improbable colleagues who’ve supported prospects by conserving our trains working on every of the RMT strike days,” mentioned David Brown, managing director at Northern. ”We’re aiming to maintain as many individuals shifting as doable and making certain prospects can nonetheless journey into the most important cities and cities for the massive seasonal occasions together with Christmas markets – however with only a few companies working after 5pm.

“We anticipate all of our companies, and people of different operators, to be extraordinarily busy and are calling on our prospects to plan their journey rigorously for the approaching weekend, test the brand new timetables nicely upfront, and ensure they don’t depend on the final trains house.”

All prospects are suggested to test earlier than travelling and, the place mandatory, could wish to search different modes of transport. Examine the Northern Rail web site for extra particulars about all companies affected and keep updated by checking social media: @northernassist. 

What if I’m visiting the Manchester Christmas Markets?

Passengers visiting the Christmas Markets in Manchester will see their journeys disrupted. The companies which can be working are anticipated to be extraordinarily busy.

The service is as follows:

Bolton – As much as 4 trains per hour between Bolton and Manchester, final practice to Bolton is at 5.35pm from Victoria.

Kirkby – No Northern trains to Manchester – prospects ought to search different technique of transport.

Liverpool – No Northern trains to Manchester – prospects ought to search different technique of transport.

Wigan Wallgate – As much as three trains per hour between Wigan and Manchester, final practice to Wigan is at 5.25pm.

Warrington Central – No Northern trains to Manchester – prospects ought to search different technique of transport.

Alderley Edge – One practice each two hours. Final practice to Alderley Edge is at 4.38pm from Piccadilly.

Macclesfield – One practice each two hours. Final practice to Macclesfield is at 4.47pm.

Buxton – One practice per hour between Buxton and Manchester. Final practice to Buxton is at 5.24pm from Piccadilly.

Rose Hill Marple – No Northern trains to Manchester – prospects ought to search different technique of transport.

Rochdale – One practice per hour between Rochdale and Manchester. Final practice to Rochdale is at 5.17pm from Victoria.

Hadfield/Glossop – One practice per hour in every course. Final practice to Hadfield/Glossop is at 5.29pm from Piccadilly.

What if I’m going to the soccer?

Manchester Metropolis v Everton – No Northern trains between Liverpool and Manchester, prospects ought to search different technique of transport.

Huddersfield v Newcastle – No Northern trains between Liverpool and Manchester, prospects ought to search different technique of transport.

Blackburn v Birmingham – One practice per hour between Blackburn and Preston, final practice to Preston is at 5.09pm. One practice per hour between Blackburn and Colne, final practice to Colne is at 7.10pm.

Bolton v Leeds – No Northern trains between Manchester and Leeds, prospects ought to search different technique of transport.

Doncaster v Scunthorpe – No Northern trains between Doncaster and Scunthorpe, prospects ought to search different technique of transport.

Fleetwood v Burton – Three trains each two hours between Blackpool and Preston, final practice to Preston is at 6.10pm.

Carlisle v Colchester – Six trains every manner between Newcastle and Carlisle, final practice to Newcastle is at 8.09pm.

Lincoln v Morecambe – No Northern trains to and from Lincoln, prospects ought to search different technique of transport.

Macclesfield v Crawley – 5 trains every manner between Macclesfield and Manchester, final practice to Manchester is at 5.21pm.

Altrincham v Stockport – Three buses every manner between Altrincham and Stockport, final bus to Stockport is at 7.37pm.

What if I’m going to a live performance or occasion?

There are not any Northern companies to the next occasions, and people affected ought to search different journey preparations:

FlyDSA Area (Sheffield) – Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze (ice hockey).

First Direct Area (Leeds) – Jane McDonald.

Manchester Area – Nile Rogers and Stylish.

Echo Area (Liverpool) – Def Leppard.

Why are the strikes going down? 

The proprietor of Northern Rail, Arrival Rail North, a subsidiary of the German nationwide railway Deutsche Bahn, desires to function driver-only companies with automated doorways, a transfer RMT argues is placing income earlier than public security. 

RMT basic secretary, Mick Money, mentioned: “RMT dedicated to talks in good religion with Northern, however as a substitute of constructing progress in the direction of a settlement that matches the most effective follow within the rail business as negotiated elsewhere, the corporate have opted as a substitute to play quick and free, making a mockery of the train.

“Our reps know when they’re being strung alongside and it’s that perspective from the corporate that has pressured us to announce this subsequent section of motion. 

“RMT members on Arriva Rail North have been in dispute for nicely over a yr now in a battle to place public security earlier than personal revenue and we’re indignant and annoyed {that a} real alternative to succeed in an settlement has been kicked again by the corporate. 

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“German-owned Northern Rail wish to run practically half one million trains a yr with out a security important guard on board in a transfer that might wreck each security and entry ‎to companies and they need to take heed to their front-line workers and pull again from that plan instantly. 

“RMT not too long ago secured an settlement on Larger Anglia that enshrines the guard assure. Comparable agreements have additionally been reached in Wales and Scotland. Arriva Rail North must do the correct factor and are available to an settlement that secures a guard on their trains too.”

Northern has known as for RMT to droop its December strike motion and return to talks at ACAS. It claims RMT has made agreements with different practice operators that it refuses to debate with Northern.

David Brown, managing director at Northern, mentioned: “By the top of December, we could have had 19 consecutive Saturdays of RMT strike motion. This focused motion disrupts our prospects’ lives. However, as we enter an important interval for companies, it additionally damages the financial wellbeing of the north of England.”

The place can I discover extra info?

All passengers are suggested to test the Northern Rail web site and social media earlier than travelling. The place doable, passengers could want to think about different modes of transport.