Northern have refused to supply rail replacement buses during the continued strike action by their staff unhappy with the company over the role of the train guard and rail safety.
Despite the advance notice given to the rail operator Northern by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) of the strikes, Northern have refused to provide any rail replacement services.
Residents of Pimbo in West Lancashire are angered by the ongoing issues which leave residents with no access to public transport on Saturdays, as there is not even a bus service to rely on.
MP Rosie wrote to Lancashire County Council as the Transport Authority, who stated that ‘it is the responsibility of the rail operator to make contingency plans by, for example, providing replacement bus services for rail strikes’.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Northern are well aware of the issues they face at the moment providing a wholly unsatisfactory service to passengers for the most part of 2018 and at loggerheads with their own staff over train safety.
“Residents in areas such as Pimbo rely on public transport to keep themselves connected but there seems to be scant regard shown to them by Northern Rail as they didn’t even have the decency to acknowledge the concerns I raised with them.
“They seem more intent on pointing fingers at the RMT without addressing the fact they are leaving residents stranded.
“Northern needs to consider their passengers and how their lack of service will affect them as a company in the future.”