Hartlepool Railway Station workers on strike

Hartlepool Station
Hartlepool Station

RAIL workers are taking part in strike action today.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is taking industrial action against Northern Rail which runs Hartlepool Railway Station, off Church Street.

The strike starts at 7pm today and will last until 7pm on Friday.

Northern Rail claims the strike will have no effect on passengers as it is depot drivers which are taking the action, and not drivers of the passenger trains.

The nearest depot to Hartlepool is in Heaton, Newcastle.

A spokeswoman for Northern Rail said: “Everything will be running as normal and the strike will not have any effect on services for passengers.

“It is the maintenance depot drivers who are striking and not the passenger train drivers.

“Hartlepool Station is operating as normal and we have not had any reports of disruption.”

Adrian Thompson, HR Director for Northern Rail, added: “This is not a dispute of our making. The RMT is yet again, making unrealistic and unsubstantiated demands without any reasoning.

“We have a robust contingency plan in place so there will be minimal disruption, if any, to our customers’ normal train service, a service we work hard to deliver for them.”

The union will also be implementing an ongoing overtime ban from Friday in a dispute over a re-grading exercise which the union claims has failed to recognise the complex and demanding role of staff.