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Rail services "running normally" across Norfolk as second day of strike action gets underway

PUBLISHED: 07:17 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:58 05 October 2017

RMT members and NOR4NOR supporters are striking in Norwich and Ipswich. Photo: Jacob Massey

RMT members and NOR4NOR supporters are striking in Norwich and Ipswich. Photo: Jacob Massey

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Rail services across the region are "running normally" this morning as the second day of strike action gets underway.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will strike today over the role of guards and driver-only trains.

But train operator Greater Anglia said it was expecting to run a full service again.

A spokesman for the company said there no delays caused by industrial action on the first day of the strikes on October 3.

However, there had been some disruption due to a signalling fault.

The spokesman said: “We are running normally, which was always the plan. There are no issues and there are none expected today.”

The RMT announced it would ballot guards and drivers over strike action as part of a row over the operation of doors on trains by guards.

And it was reported around 200 members backed industrial action by 9-1, with a 90pc turnout.

The union claimed it had failed to get assurances from Greater Anglia that guards would be retained in full, including maintaining responsibility for closing train doors at stations,—for the duration of its nine-year contract.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Greater Anglia have been given every opportunity to give a guarantee on the future role of the guard on their services.

“They have failed to do so and that left us with no alternative but to move to a ballot in the interests of rail safety.

“Our members voted by massive majorities for action.

“The union remains available for further talks around the crucial issue of the guard guarantee.”

It comes as further rail action is planned from October 10, where conductors and guards will introduce an overtime ban for a month.

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