June 29, 2022

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Strikes to leave only a fifth of rail services running next week

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InDisruption caused by three days of strikes will leave only a fifth of rail services running, with no trains at all connecting some British cities during the evening rush hour, Network Rail has warned.

Industrial action on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week will cost the economy £150 million and cause six days of disruption.

On the strike days only 20 per cent of trains, or 4,500 services, will operate with a heavily reduced service on other days. Lines will only run for 11 hours on strike days, from 7.30am to 6.30pm, and passengers will be told to travel only if necessary. On days in between, services will start later.

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Some operators, including Northern, Southeastern and TransPennine, have advised people not to travel.

More than 40,000 members of the RMT union will strike on the three days in a dispute over proposed job losses and their demand for inflation-busting pay rises.

Each strike will start at midnight and last 24 hours but disruption will continue on the following days because staff will not have begun night shifts and trains will be out of position on the network.

The last train from Edinburgh to London will leave at 1.30pm, with the last Manchester-London service at 2.47pm. Passengers travelling between London and Bristol will be told the last service is at 4.33pm. The final train from London to Birmingham will be at 3.43pm.

A full revised timetable for the week, including strike days, will be published on Friday. Mainlines will be prioritised for passenger services although across the country last services will be leaving in mid-afternoon.

Network Rail bosses said that discussions to prevent the strikes continue, but it is now almost inevitable that the walkout will go ahead.

Engineers and vital signallers at Network Rail will be among those striking. They will be joined by workers from 13 of England’s 15…

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2022-06-16 05:43:09

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