22 May 2024

Strike action set to halt train services

Northern has advised its customers across the North of England that services will be brought to a halt on Saturday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 4, as the latest Aslef strikes take place.

The train operator has published a travel advice calendar up to October 8 to highlight when services will be affected.

There will be no Northern services at all on Saturday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 4, when Aslef members – most of whom are employed as train drivers – stage their latest walkouts.

Additional disruption is expected from October 2-6 due to an overtime ban across the UK rail network called by Aslef, and customers are advised to check before they travel as there may be some short- notice cancellations to services running on these days.

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “We apologise in advance for the significant disruption and inconvenience this action by Aslef will cause to our customers.

“We hope to see a resolution to this issue in the near future and an end to the disruption these strikes cause.”

Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary, said: ‘While we regret having to take this action – we don’t want to lose a day’s pay, or disrupt passengers, as they try to travel by train – the Government, and the employers, have forced us into this position.

“Our members have not, now, had a pay rise for four years – since 2019 – and that’s not right when prices have soared in that time. Train drivers, perfectly reasonably, want to be able to buy now what they could buy four years ago.”

For more information about the strike and the services that will be affected, customers should visit northernrailway.co.uk/travel/strikes.

Hull Trains said it was not affected by the industrial action and was operating its normal timetable.