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Summary

  1. Thousands of rail users face disruption
  2. Up to 2,000 RMT members have walked out
  3. It is part of an ongoing row over driver-only trains
  4. Southern, Merseyrail and Northern services affected
  5. All three strikes are due to end at midnight
  6. Updates on Monday 13 March 2017

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  1. Rail strikes: Live coverage ends

    Our live coverage of the rail strikes affecting Merseyrail, Southern and Northern services has now finished.

    You can read more about the strikes here: Passengers stay away as rail strike hits .

  2. Merseytravel warning to commuters

    Merseytravel is warning Merseyrail passengers not to leave their journeys to the last minute.

    Services are already running down for the evening.

  3. Rail strike: Northern winding down services

    Rail company Northern says it has been 'winding down' sevices from 17:00 today.

    It follows a day of strike action by RMT union staff.

  4. Southern strike: 'I've lost my regular customers'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Southern says most of its service are operating as normal today but staff at Brighton Chippy near the station say the ongoing strike action is affecting business.

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    Video caption: Brighton station chippy owner says strike is affecting business
  5. All Merseyrail train services will finish by 19:00 tonight

    All Merseyrail services in and out of Liverpool are to finish by 19:00 tonight.

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  6. Merseyrail services winding down for the evening

    Merseyrail service update
  7. Merseyrail station closures

    Merseyrail has provided a list of stations which will remain closed for the rest of the day because of industrial action.

    Merseyrail list of stations closed
  8. Passengers stay away from rail network during strike

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

    Selby Station

    Guards and drivers working for Northern rail rail are taking action over proposals for driver-only-operated (DOO) trains, which has affected most services in Yorkshire.

    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".

  9. Rail strike: What is a driver-only operated train?

    You may have heard of a driver-only operated train - but what does that mean for passengers on the rail network?

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    Video caption: What are driver-only-operated trains?

    Rail staff who are members of the RMT union at Northern, Southern and Merseyrail are on a 24-hour strike in a dispute over the role of guards.  

    Management at all three companies have said they want a negotiated solution and deny jobs will be lost. 

  10. Travel update: Bus operator sends out the double deckers

    BBC News Travel

    Looks like there are extra seats if you usually take the train between Skipton and Keighley

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  11. Travel update: Fewer Northern rush-hour trains

    BBC News Travel

    The rail service Northern is warning there will be fewer trains running during the rush-hour this evening because of today's strike by RMT union staff.

    The company says it will be winding down services between 17:00 and 19:00.

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  12. What would Merseyrail driver-only trains look like?

    Strike action is taking place across Merseyrail  over plans to introduce driver-only operated trains.

    By 2020, Merseyside's rail network is due to be upgraded with a new fleet of 52 trains which will no longer need guards on board to operate the doors.

    More than 220 guard and management posts will be lost with the introduction of the new trains.

    The new fleet and platform modifications will cost £460m
    The new fleet and platform modifications will cost £460m

    The £460m project will see platforms altered to meet the new train's lower floors and trains fitted with a sliding step to bridge the gap between carriage and platform.

    The existing Merseyrail fleet, originally designed in the 1950s, is almost 40 years old.

    None of the permanent guards or guard managers would be forced to quit their employment,  Merseyrail said .   

  13. 'Think now about journey home', warns Northern Rail boss

    Northern Rail is urging passengers on routes affected by the 24-hour strike to plan their journeys ahead of this evening's rush hour.

    Northern train

    After today's disruption by RMT staff, Paul Barnfield, Regional Director at Northern, said: “We are now concentrating efforts on getting people home this evening.  

    "We urge everyone wanting to travel home today to think now about their return journey.    

    "Services on many routes will start to wind down from mid-afternoon onwards, with very few trains running after 17:00.  

    Northern said it plans to run 980 services during the action period, about 40% of its normal timetable.

  14. RMT Southern strike: 'I hardly knew about it'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    I spoke to passengers at Brighton station. 

    One woman didn't think there was a strike being held today but was under the impression previous strikes had been held on Sundays because she'd suffered so much disruption at weekends.

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    Video caption: Vox of passengers at Brighton station
  15. Rail strikes: Northern running 'very few trains after 17:00'

    Northern services will wind down early this evening due to the RMT strike action with "very few trains running after 17:00", the rail company has announced. 

    Passengers at Manchester's Victoria station
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  16. Commuters 'annoyed' with rail strike disruption

    Rail passengers travelling from Preston have said they are "disappointed" and "annoyed" with the disruption caused by today's strike on Northern.

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    Video caption: Passengers speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire

    The 24-hour action by members of the RMT union is over the introduction of driver-only operated trains.

    One commuter said: "I'm kind of disappointed in the rail service. They do a great job but it's not our fault for any disputes with the rail company."

    Another said: "It's not very helpful considering I've got assignments to get in."

    Northern is running  40% of its normal services.

  17. Watch: Hull train users affected by rail strike

    Commuters using Northern trains in East Yorkshire have been affected by today's rail strike.

    Over 1,000 services are not running on the Northern network and the firm has pledged 300 rail replacement buses to help get people to where they need to be.

    This commuter explained how he's been affected:  

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    Video caption: Look North asked one Northern rail commuter how he had been affected by strike action