Northern strike action: how Buxton rail services will be affected

Northern operates services in the High Peak.
Northern operates services in the High Peak.

Rail passengers in Buxton are bracing themselves for disruption after Northern train drivers and guards voted to stage a 24-hour strike.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said its members would walk out on Monday (March 13) in a row over the future role of guards.

The revised timetable for Monday March 13.

The revised timetable for Monday March 13.

A revised timetable will be in operation for commuters travelling between Buxton and Manchester Piccadilly.

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said the industrial action was the result of Northern bosses failing to guarantee the future role of guards on trains.

A spokesman for Northern said: “As our modernisation proposals are still in the early stages, it is a shame that RMT has announced strike action for March 13.

“Our aim is to reach a constructive resolution and we urge RMT to continue the talks we have already started.”

Northern - which also runs services between Manchester and Hadfield, as well as serving stations through the Hope Valley - plans to operate revised services across its network on Monday, and has published details of amended timetables at www.northernrailway.co.uk/industrial-action.

According to the timetables, an hourly service between 7am and 6pm will operate between Buxton and Manchester Piccadilly, but passengers are advised to check online before travelling and allow extra time for their journeys.

Richard Allan, Deputy Managing Director at Northern, said: “We have focused our planning efforts on maintaining a train service on our busier routes between 7am and 7pm, and are looking to provide replacement bus services on some routes where trains won’t run.

“We are acutely aware of the important role that Northern plays in keeping the north of England moving, would ask for your patience on Monday, and ask all our customers to individually take time to consider whether your journey is necessary and if it is, please plan carefully.”

Northern said it had more than 100 trained managers and other colleagues who would be carrying out some conductor duties to help operate the revised timetables.

Information about the service changes will be displayed on posters at all stations across the network and on customer information screens where available.