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Thursday, 24 January, 2002, 14:52 GMT
In pictures: Arriva train strike
Thousands of commuters in northern England are forced to find alternative routes to work on Thursday as guards on Arriva Trains begin a two-day strike over pay.

BBC News Online takes a look at some images from the first morning of the action.

Leeds Station
Normally busy platforms are empty at rush hour on Thursday

Strike information at York Station
Thousands of commuters faced disruption

Commuters arrive at Leeds
Management ran a skeleton service on peak arterial routes ...

Empty platform at Leeds Station
... but many of Arriva's 1,600 daily services are cancelled

Picket at York Station
Members of the RMT union are demanding better pay

Bob Crowe, of RMT at York Station
The RMT says guards' morale has been dented by "huge" pay increases for drivers

Police guard the picket line
The union is threatening to hold another two-day strike next month

Arriva representative Julie Allen
The company has apologised to its customers
See also:

24 Jan 02 | England
Commuters stranded by rail strike
24 Jan 02 | England
Guards aim for striking impact
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