Whilst there will be an uplift in services on days that fall in-between strikes dates, the knock-on effects and fleet displacement implications have forced Northern to advise its customers 'Do Not Travel' next week.
Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “We’ve done everything we can to offer people across the North of England a skeleton service – but our advice remains not to travel.
“The timetable we have put in place has been agreed with Network Rail, who have had to consider the requirements of other train operators and freight services on the network.”
“We apologise in advance for the disruption and inconvenience that the RMT’s industrial action will cause. We continue to be keen to speak to the RMT to find a resolution and avoid any future strikes.”
In short, the skeleton timetable comprises hourly services between 8am and 6pm from:
Leeds to Sheffield via Wakefield Westgate
Leeds to York via Micklefield
Leeds to Bradford Forster Square
Leeds to Skipton
Leeds to Ilkley
Ilkley to Bradford Forster Square
Skipton to Bradord Forster Square
Darlington to Saltburn
Liverpool to Alderley Edge via Chat Moss, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport
Customers should visit northernrailway.co.uk/travel/strikes for the latest advice and travel information.