RMT strike next weekend to disrupt travel to major events across the region says Northern

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Northern has advised its customers across the North of England to avoid travelling on Saturday 26 August as the latest RMT strike takes place.

The train operator has published a travel advice calendar for Friday 25 – Monday 28 August to highlight when services will be affected.

There will be very limited services on Saturday 26 August, with only a handful of stations able to offer an hourly service between 8am and 5pm.

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Early morning services on Sunday 27 August are also expected to be disrupted due to the impact strikes have on fleet displacement.

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For more information about the strike and the skeleton service in place, customers should visit: www.northernrailway.co.uk/travel/strikes.

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “We know these RMT strikes will cause disruption to the general public.

“Whilst this is only a one-day strike, it falls right in the middle of the busy August bank holiday weekend and will impact people trying to get to major events taking place across region, including Manchester United and Everton football fixtures, York Races, Leeds Festival, Creamfields and Manchester Pride.

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“The RMT is still refusing to put the latest pay offer negotiated on behalf of train operators to a vote by their members and it is unfortunate that these strikes continue for their second summer.”

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK. It provides 2,500 local and regional services every day to more than 500 stations across the North of England. In total, more than 100 million passenger journeys are made on its network each year.

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