RAIL passengers are being urged to travel only if necessary on Saturday because of a strike by workers in the long-running dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), Aslef, Unite and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) will stage a coordinated strike that will result in significant disruption to services.
Unlike previous strike days, there will be no trains this Saturday between London and a number of other major UK cities – including Brighton, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle and Norwich.
A reduced timetable has been released showing only 11 per cent of rail service will operate, with some areas having no trains.
It will be the first time unions have pulled out of the strike on the same day, affecting services more than previous strike days.
Trains will start later in the morning and finish earlier in the evening, and much of the network will have no trains at all.
Another strike will take place on October 8th.
Delegates traveling to the Conservative Party Conference this weekend will be affected by the disruption.
Passengers who need to travel – including those wishing to attend or see the London Marathon – are advised to plan ahead and check when their last train departs.
Passengers are also cautioned that there is likely to be some disruption in the early morning of Sunday 2 October as workers resume duty.
Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines said: “Despite our efforts to compromise and achieve a breakthrough in talks, rail unions remain determined to continue and coordinate their strike action.
“This is only to ensure our employees are unnecessarily forgoing even more pay, causing even more disruption to our passengers and further hampering the railroad’s recovery from the pandemic.
“Passengers wishing to travel this Saturday and even next Wednesday and next Saturday are asked not to do so unless absolutely necessary. Those who must travel should expect disruptions and make sure when their last train leaves.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22820841.rail-passengers-urged-travel-necessary-strike-days/?ref=rss Train passengers asked to travel on strike days only in emergencies