Train passengers across the north of England have been warned to avoid the railways over the upcoming bank holiday weekend amid more strike action.

Northern, which runs trains across the region, says that the latest strikes by the RMT union will take place on Saturday, August 26.

Services are also likely to be affected for the whole period between Friday, August 25 and Monday, August 28.

Northern chief operating officer Tricia Williams said: “We know these RMT strikes will cause disruption to the general public.

“Whilst this is only a one-day strike, it falls right in the middle of the busy August bank holiday weekend and will impact people trying to get to major events taking place across region, including Manchester United and Everton football fixtures, York Races, Leeds Festival, Creamfields and Manchester Pride.

“The RMT is still refusing to put the latest pay offer negotiated on behalf of train operators to a vote by their members and it is unfortunate that these strikes continue for their second summer.”

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Northern, the UK’s second biggest train operator, says that there will be very limited services on Saturday, August 26, with only a handful of stations able to offer an hourly service between 8am and 5pm.

Early morning services on Sunday, August 27 are also expected to be disrupted.

The RMT union, which represents railway workers all over the country, has said that the government has made it more difficult to reach a settlement to the long running dispute.

Speaking from a picket line during the most recent strike day last month, RMT senior assistant general secretary Eddie Dempsey said the public had been “extremely supportive.”

He said: “What I’d say to them is, if they’re honest, people are going to find it difficult on a strike day.

“But everyone in this country is finding it hard when it’s not a strike day.

“And the reason for that is because we’ve got a government that is presiding over a massive cost-of-living crisis, everybody’s wages have been falling, all of our public services are under-funded, we can see all of the services we rely on in the country in a state of managed decline, nothing’s getting better.

“So, if people are being really honest, they’ll recognise that everyone in this country is having a pretty difficult time virtually every day of the week, and so I’d say to them, you need to join in with campaigns like ours.”