Strike hits Settle to Carlisle rail service

Settle station
Image caption More than a dozen passenger services run on the line every day

Staff on the historic Settle to Carlisle railway line took part in a one-day strike in a row over a planned compulsory redundancy.

Saturday's stoppage involved a small group of workers who provide at-seat trolley services on the Northern Rail-run trains.

They are employed by the Settle and Carlisle Railway Development Company, which says it needs to make savings.

The RMT union said it was opposed to any compulsory redundancies.

General secretary Mick Cash said: "Despite numerous requests to look at alternatives to compulsory redundancy the company has pressed ahead.

"In these circumstances we had no option but to ballot our members for a strike."

A company spokesman said the individual concerned had been offered another position and voluntary redundancy but had refused both.

No other aspects of the service were affected by the action.

The line, which was threatened with closure in 1983, runs for 72 miles and takes in 20 viaducts and 14 tunnels.

Dent station in Cumbria, at 1,150ft (350.5m), is the highest mainline station in England.

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