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Strike Action On Rail Services On Yorkshire Coast

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Published by Karen Liu at 7:01am 23rd June 2018.

It is the third day of strike action this week by RMT members at Arriva Rail North.

They are walking out in a dispute over the role of guards.

A limited service is running on the Scarborough to Hull line.

There will be no trains between Middlesbrough and Whitby and due to the road network along the Esk Valley, Northern are unable to run rail replacement coaches.

Customers can still travel between Middlesbrough and Whitby and are advised to use local Arriva bus services to travel between the two destinations via Guisborough.

Hull to Scarborough: 

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Scarborough to Hull:

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Sharon Keith, Regional Director for Northern, said:

"As a result of the RMT strike action, we are running a limited timetable on Saturday.

Many of our managers and other volunteers will be working hard at the end of a busy and demanding week to operate as contingency conductors on Saturday so that we can provide as many rail - or rail replacement bus - services as possible.

However, customers should be aware that we are running fewer trains than normal and all trains that we are able to run are likely to be extremely busy.

To help customers we have arranged for Northern rail tickets to be accepted on all Arriva buses across the north of England and also on trains run by other operators."

Sharon added:

"We absolutely understand the frustration of customers and apologise for any disruption to their plans and journeys this weekend.

The latest RMT strike action will not deter us from delivering our modernisation plans for customers - £500m of new trains which are currently under construction, better stations and more services by 2020.

We have met with the RMT many times and remain prepared to guarantee jobs, current pay and annual pay reviews for our conductors if RMT ends its dispute."

Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby said:

"I hope the RMT will actually come to their senses.

We have a lot of trains operating driver-only in the country with no safety issues whatsoever.

Infact the drivers in the cabs of these new trains have CCTV on all the doors.

I think the technology on driver-only trains is a good move.

It shows an investment that government has put in with the train operators for better services.

And I think the era where the driver can't operate the doors as well as drive the trains have passed.

We need to make sure that these personnel, who are good people who have served the railways very well, are re-trained and re-deployed to help passengers at stations."

Listen to what Robert Goodwill MP had to say:

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