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*Strikes called off* No trains on Wharfedale line next Thursday

Northern says it will not be able to operate any services on the Wharfedale line to and from Ilkley next Thursday as union members go on strike again on both Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th September.

Northern says it will not be able to operate any services on Thursday and will only provide a skeleton timetable on Saturday as members of the RMT and ASLEF unions take industrial action.

The operator has issued a 'Do Not Travel' warning for the strike days, and also says passengers should expect significant disruption on the morning after the strike days (Fri 16th and Sun 18th September) as trains being in the wrong places is likely to lead to delays initially.

On Saturday 17th, an hourly service between 7.30am and 6.30pm will operate between Leeds and Ilkley, but passengers wanting to travel to Bradford Forster Square will have to change at Shipley.

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “This is the fourth ‘Do Not Travel’ notice we have been forced to issue this summer due to strike action by the trade unions.

“On previous strike dates, we’ve always done everything we can to offer a skeleton service - but due to a combination of factors this time around, we have no option but to suspend operations altogether on Thursday 15th September.

“Even with the skeleton timetable on Saturday 17th, our advice remains ‘Do Not Travel’.

“We apologise in advance for the significant disruption and inconvenience this action by the RMT and ASLEF unions will cause to our customers.

“As we have previously pledged, we will continue to work towards a resolution to this issue with the hope of avoiding more disruptive strikes in the future.”

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