These are the services that will be running on Tyne Valley on Saturday:
The ongoing dispute is about Northern’s plans to modernise the region’s rail services and the changes they need to make to the role of their conductors – a move which will make staff more visible and available than ever before on trains and on stations.
Northern is at the start of a significant modernisation programme. This includes major investment in new trains, new technology, investments in our stations, and a new focus on customer service.
Both myself and Northern are disappointed that RMT has called another strike day, as Northern had only been in contact with RMT officials 24 hours before they announced the strike to organise meaningful discussions. Northern wants to talk again about RMT’s role in bringing their modernisation plans to life while maintaining a safe and reliable railway.
On Saturday 8 April Northern will be operating 822 services between 09.00 and 17.00. Their plan is to keep as many people as possible on the move during that day and they are asking customers to plan ahead and consider whether their journey is absolutely necessary.
Northern have expressed to me that they are really sorry that their customers’ travel plans will be disrupted by this second day of strike action, especially with so many significant sporting events happening across our network, including the Grand National and football fixtures.
A special page on Northern’s website gives specific information on the services we will be running and this is available here.