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Wednesday, 30 January, 2002, 16:22 GMT
Further strike for Arriva Trains
Newcastle station at morning rush hour on Thursday, 24 January, 2002
Northern stations were empty during the two-day strike
A second strike by staff at Arriva Trains Northern is to go ahead next week after talks between the company and the union broke down.

Company management met members of the Rail Maritime Transport (RMT) union in York on Wednesday in an attempt to try and resolve a dispute over pay.

Arriva said some progress was made at the talks but not enough to settle the dispute.

The 48-hour strike will begin on 5 February.

Members of the RMT are calling for closer wage parity between themselves and train drivers.

Strikes costs millions

Arriva is now seeking to involve the conciliation service Acas to try to end the pay row.

At midnight on Tuesday RMT members working for South West Trains (SWT) in the south of England ended a 48-hour strike.

Commuters on Wednesday had hoped services would return to normal but there was more travel misery when engineering works caused delays to services on some of the country's busiest routes.

Another two-day strike by SWT is planned for 12-13 February.

The company had drafted in about 100 managers on Monday and Tuesday to fill the roles of guards and platform staff.

SWT said that despite the strike, it still managed to run a third of its services in southern England on Tuesday.

An analyst has estimated that the Arriva strikes alone cost the economy 7m a day.

See also:

29 Jan 02 | England
South West Trains resume services
24 Jan 02 | England
Commuters stranded by rail strike
24 Jan 02 | England
Guards aim for striking impact
24 Jan 02 | England
In pictures: Arriva train strike
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