The assistant secretary of the Lakes Line campaign group has spoken out about the strikes. 

Dick Smith said: "I can completely understand given the fast-rising costs that we have facing us. The rail workers want the government to listen as they own Northern (the rail provider for the Lakes Line). 

"On the other hand, the railway hasn't had anything like the numbers we had before the pandemic and we are in danger of putting people off.

"I know that for a fact because one of my friends was going to come up from the south-west and is now waiting for a better time to make his journey. 

"The solution for the railways is get passengers back on and then this means more scope for wage rises."