RAIL workers are due to stage the last of three 24-hour walkouts on Northern Rail services this week.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union went on strike on Monday and Wednesday, and another stoppage is expected today.

Northern said it would run around 1,350 services, mostly between 7am and 7pm.

The long-running dispute is over the future of train guards.

Sharon Keith, regional director at Northern, said: “We will be operating more than 50 per cent of our usual services.

“We have focussed on providing services between 7am and 7pm to help people get to work and home again and, between these hours, will run more than 60 per cent of our usual services.

“It is important that our customers plan carefully if they intend to travel on Friday as we will have few services before 7am and after 7pm. Our advice is to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel and check for service updates on our website.”

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said the strikes were ‘about putting public safety before private profit’.