Greater Anglia says train services will not be affected if strikes go ahead

The doors of the new trains coming to Greater Anglia will be controlled from the driver's cab. Pictu

The doors of the new trains coming to Greater Anglia will be controlled from the driver's cab. Picture: GREATER ANGLIA. - Credit: Archant

Greater Anglia is planning to run a full service if two 24-hour strike days called by the RMT union go ahead on Tuesday and Thursday next week. (October 3 and 5).

The RMT strike is over a dispute about the role of guards on new trains that will have driver operated doors. Currently, 40pc of Greater Anglia trains have conductors, who close trian doors and offer customer assistance.

Great Anglia says passengers should not notice a change to their service, as they have made arrangements to run trains as normal.

MORE: Greater Anglia rail workers vote to strike over guards and driver-only trainsRichard Dean, Greater Anglia train service delivery director, said: 'We are open for talks with the RMT in the hope that we can avert the strike.'

The union believes guards must operate the doors to ensure passenger safety but Greater Anglia and railway safety bodies say they are satisfied drivers can close the doors without risk.


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MORE: Norwich South MP Clive Lewis hits out at Greater Anglia over rail strikeThe union has already staged a series of strikes in other parts of the country over the same issue.

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