We are doing everything we can to end RMT’s dispute. Everyone across the North pays for RMT’s strikes as our customers suffer disruption, conductors lose money and businesses across the region are disrupted.

Strikes have a big impact on the regional economy, but talks cost nothing, which is why we urge RMT to get back round the table or agree to the independent inquiry. The inquiry has the support of passenger groups, business leaders and elected representatives in the North and we see no reason why RMT should reject this process.