NORTHERN Rail staff will go on strike for 48 hours later this month.

Members of the RMT union will walk out on Monday, March 26 and Thursday, March 29.

It is the latest strike by staff over plans by Northern to introduce driver-only trains.

The strikes will run for 24 hours on both strike days.

Northern is expected to operate a limited service on the strike days and the majority of trains will run between 7pm and 7pm.

Around 50 per cent of trains will not run and services are expected to be extremely busy.

Northern said it is prepared to offer unprecedented guarantees of jobs and pay reviews until 2025.

RMT said the dispute is about "putting the safety of the travelling public before the profits of the private train companies".

Northern urged RMT representatives to take part in "meaningful" talks about how the company can better serve customers.

It also called for a fresh ballot because one in five conductors have started in their role since the dispute started and have never had the chance to vote.