Support the RMT Guard Guarantee - Northern Rail

Support the RMT Guard Guarantee - Northern Rail

At the moment you are guaranteed the protection of a safety critical train Guard on your train.


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Northern Rail want to remove your Guard from the train.

Sign the petition here.

Write to your MP and ask them to Support the RMT Guard Guarantee.

Alternatively, lobby your councillors to keep the guarantee of a guard in your train.

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Under a rail devolution deal elected Northern Councils and councillors through a body called “Rail North” jointly oversee the Northern Rail franchise with government.

They can insist Northern Rail to come to an agreement with RMT to keep the guarantee of a guard on every train.  Click on the link below to write to your councilor asking them to support passengers keeping the guarantee of a Guard on every train. 


WriteToThem is a website which provides an easy way to contact MPs, councillors and other elected representatives.

If you like you download this model letter to councillors.

Dear Councillor

Your council is part of Rail North which oversees the Northern Rail Franchise

I am opposed to proposals by Northern Rail which will remove the guarantee of a Guard on Northern Rail trains.

The loss of my Guard will mean that I will no longer have the guarantee of a member of staff to protect passenger safety and act in emergencies such as derailments, evacuation, fires and driver incapacity.  My Guard guarantee also means there is always a member of staff to provide advice and assistance and to allow disabled passengers to embark and disembark at unstaffed stations.

Passengers on Transpennine Express and Scotrail services have recently benefited from an agreement with the RMT union which has kept the guarantee of a guard.

Please demand Rail North insist on a similar agreement on Northern Rail services.  I look forward to hearing from you.



Well done Hyndburn Borough Council – today becoming the latest council to declare support for the Guards Guarantee!

Keep up the momentum – write to your councillor here:























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