Rail strikes cause commuter chaos

Northern Rail services will be affected by a union strike on Monday.
Northern Rail services will be affected by a union strike on Monday.

Rail strikes have caused disruption for commuters across the district this morning.

Northern Rail trains did not run from Morecambe or Bare Lane stations due to the strike action.

Members of the RMT union are on a one-day strike over a dispute with operator Northern over a planned increase in driver-only-operated trains.

The union says it will make trains more dangerous.

Northern says that across its network in the north of England, 40 per cent of its train service will run today.

However, in the Lancaster area, just four trains will be running between Lancaster and Barrow.

Replacement buses will be in operation along the routes to Settle and Windermere.

And there are no trains or replacement bus services between Morecambe and Lancaster.

Virgin and Transpennine services are unaffected.

Paul Barnfield, regional director at Northern, said: “By 12.30pm, 448 trains had arrived at their destinations, helping customers get to work in major towns and cities across the north.

“Our plan is working well and we have even been able to run a few more morning rush hour trains than originally planned.

“We are now concentrating efforts on getting people home this evening. We urge everyone wanting to travel home today to think now about their return journey.

“Services on many routes will start to wind down from mid-afternoon onwards, with very few trains running after 5pm this evening.

“On behalf of Northern I would like to thank our customers for working with us today and altering their travel plans.

“I would also like to thank all of our people who have worked so hard to run our trains today.

“Keep an eye out on Northern’s social media feeds for any updates on our train services.”

For full details of rail services operating during the strike and for FAQs about Northern’s response to the strike, go to www.northernrailway.co.uk/industrialaction.

Real time journey updates are available at www.journeycheck.com/northern/, or go to Twitter @northernassist