TransPennine rail strike well under way

by Alister POOLE on August 24, 2011

The first of the two 24-hour strikes planned on First TransPennine Expres trains started today once pay talks between members of the union and bosses ground to a halt.

The strike, being put on by train drivers that are represented by Aslef and RMT, started at a minute past midnight on Wednesday and have been causing disruption around northern England and its big cities.

Over the course of the day, there have been limited services between Sheffield and Manchester, in addition to York, Leeds, and Manchester.

First TransPennine Express, speaking to the press not long after the strike officially started getting under way, told of its hopes of being able to run at least a quarter of its services.
An spokesman from Aslef spokesman said that talks broke down on Tuesday afternoon.

RMT, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union, said that it has suspended its action from conductors and station staff that was had planned for yesterday, while officials are considering new offers.

First TransPennine Express operates services between the West Yorkshire cities of Leeds, the capital of Yorkshire, York, South Yorkshire’s Sheffield, and also the likes of Manchester, Liverpool, and Newcastle. In addition, it also serves areas across Lancashire, including seaside highlight Blackpool, Preston and Lancaster.

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