Strikes to affect some Lincoln trains this weekend

The Lincoln-Sheffield Northern Rail train service will be affected by RMT strikes this Saturday, with a replacement bus timetable in place.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers confirmed that the latest phase of strike action in the Northern Rail guards’ safety dispute.

Strikes are planned for September 15, 22 and 29, which will impact on Northern Rail’s services.

Northern Rail will operate a reduced timetable with very few trains running before 9am and after 6pm and the company expects to run around 30% of services, so customers are advised to plan their journeys carefully.

Replacement bus service for Lincoln-Sheffield:

Photo: Northern Rail

Photo: Northern Rail

Cleethorpes timetable for Saturday:

Photo: Northern Rail

Photo: Northern Rail

The RMT is calling for clear and detailed proposals from the company to make ‘genuine progress towards a settlement that locks in the guard guarantee ahead of ACAS talks next week’.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The Northern Rail action goes ahead as planned tomorrow (on Saturday) in the guards safety dispute as at this stage the company have offered us nothing of substance that would allow our Executive to consider suspension.

“RMT will be taking part in talks through ACAS next week but we have been through this process on numerous occasions now and we need something concrete from the company around the fundamental issue of the guard guarantee to allow us to make some serious progress.

“The issue at the heart of the dispute remains the same – a safe, accessible and secure railway ‎for all and we thank the travelling public for their continued support for RMT’s campaign.”

The RMT previously announced a total of six days of planned strikes on consecutive Saturdays, which started on August 25.

Strikes continued on September 1 and 8.