Hundreds have joined picket lines across the UK today as train strikes resume.
Nine out of ten trains will be cancelled today as all trade unions – the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers), TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs Association) and Aslef (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen) – walk out as negotiations continue regarding pay.
The last lot of planned walkouts were cancelled as a mark of respect following the death of the Queen on September 8. However, these have now gone ahead and will run over the the next couple of weekends.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has written to transport secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan, urging her to take ‘urgent steps to allow a negotiated settlement’ after the union said latest figures showed railway bosses benefiting from government tax cuts.
Rail union have threatened to continue striking deep into the winter over what it considers unacceptable pay offers from rail companies, backed by the government.
Disruption will be significantly worse than during other rail strikes this year, as members of the RMT, Aslef and TSSA unions will all be on a 24-hour strike simultaneously.
The unions joined forces to coincide with the start of the Conservative conference in Birmingham.
No trains will run in many areas, with no direct services at all on some intercity routes between London to Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.
– Avanti West Coast
All services across Avanti West Coast routes have been cancelled.
– Chiltern Railways
No services will run on November 26.
CrossCountry will not run any services on Saturday.
– Gatwick Express
The advice given is ‘only travel if absolutely necessary, as according to their website there will be limited opening hours and ‘severe disruption’.
– Great Western Railway
According to their website only an ‘extremely reduced service’ will operate on a ‘limited number of routes’ on November 26 – and those trains which are running must complete their journeys by 9.30pm.
– Greater Anglia
Greater Anglia has asked customers to avoid travelling with their ‘heavily reduced and disrupted’ service.
– Heathrow Express
All Heathrow Express services have been cancelled.
– Hull Trains
Hull Trains is not affected by the industrial action, but has warned they expect its services to be ‘very busy’.
– London North Eastern Railway
The LNER is running a reduced service, advising customers to check if their service is affected and how to get a refund.
– London Northwestern Railway
No London Northwestern Railway services are running.
No services are running on November 26.
All Southeastern services have been cancelled.
Only travel if absolutely necessary, as they will be running a reduced service, with services starting and finishing later than usual.
If you do travel, please check your journey and expect disruption.
– Stansted Express
Stansted Express have advised customers to avoid travelling on Saturday.
– Transpennine Express
Customers are advised to avoid travelling where possible as the service will be running a significantly reduced timetable.
– Transport for Wales
Although not directly affected by strikes, services are likely to be hit by the reduced timetable of other operators.
Customers have been advised to avoid non-essential travel between Carmarthen – Swansea – Cardiff – Newport, as well as Cardiff – Severn Tunnel Junction – Gloucester – Cheltenham. There will also be no service between Crosskeys and Newport.
Those attending the Wales v Australia rugby match at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday should check the website for travel advice.
– West Midlands Railway
No West Midlands Railway services are running on Saturday.
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