Railway strikes are causing new travel disruptions


All passengers are urged to check before departure next week due to drivers’ strikes leaving large parts of the country without trains.

Members of Asle and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walk out on February 1 and 3 in a long-running dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions.

Special timetables will be published on Friday by the 14 train operators involved, warning travelers of disruption.

Trains start later and end much earlier than usual on strike days – usually between 7.30am and 6.30pm – and train companies said they expect about 30% of services to run nationwide.

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There will be wide variations across the network, with the possibility of no trains running in some parts of the country and other lines operating normally.

It is likely that evening services on some lines will be disrupted in the days before any strike, while morning services on those lines could also be disrupted on 2 and 4 February as much of the rolling stock is not in the correct depots.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group said: “Having made an initial offer which would have taken average driver salaries from £60,000 to almost £65,000, we had hoped that the Aslef leadership would participate constructively to move the negotiations forward, instead of organizing even more unnecessary strikes. . We can only apologize for the inconvenience.

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“To minimize the impact of the Aslef promotion, we advise passengers traveling on 1 or 3 February to check in before departure, allow extra time and check when their first and last train departs.

“Those with tickets for between February 1 and February 3 can use their ticket the day before the ticket date, or until February 7.

“Passengers with Advance, Anytime or Off-Peak tickets for travel on strike days can also get their ticket refunded free of charge if the train for which the ticket was booked is cancelled, delayed or moved.”

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The following train companies are affected by the strikes:

– Avanti West Coast– Chiltern Railways– CrossCountry– East Midlands Railway– Great Western Railway– Greater Anglia– GTR Great Northern Thameslink– London North Eastern Railway– Northern Trains– Southeastern– Southern/Gatwick Express– South Western Railway (warehouse drivers and SWR Island line ) – TransPennine Express – West Midlands trains

Unions insist wage supply is well below the rate of inflation, while jobs and conditions would be affected by the terms of the proposed deal.



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