Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff on strike

Passengers appear to have largely stayed away from the rail network as staff from three train firms across England hold 24-hour strikes.

Guards and drivers working for Merseyrail, Northern rail and Southern rail are taking action over proposals for driver-only-operated (DOO) trains.

Up to 2,000 rail staff have walked out in the dispute, but limited disruption has been reported.

Northern rail thanked customers for “altering travel plans”.

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