Rail passengers in the UK will face further disruption as approximately 80% of trains are likely to be cancelled due to a strike arranged by ASLEF (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen) and RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport Union).
Network Rail have requested that passengers “only travel by train if absolutely necessary,” with parts of the network completely closed and those that remain open will only trains operating between 7.30am and 6.30pm.
Network Rail have asked anyone who wants to travel to check with either National Rail Enquiries or their respective train operator’s website.
Passengers who have already bought a ticket for Saturday and whose journey has been cancelled or rescheduled can either get a refund or can use them to travel on Friday or on another day, up to and including Tuesday. Season ticket holders are entitled to compensation through the delay repay scheme.
Tim Shoveller, who is Network Rail’s chief negotiator, said: “Despite our best efforts to compromise and find a breakthrough in talks, rail unions remain intent on continuing and coordinating their strike action … We’re asking passengers who want to travel this Saturday to only do so if absolutely necessary. Those who must travel should expect disruption and make sure they check when their last train will depart.”
Daniel Mann, who is the director of industry operations at the Rail Delivery Group, which represents rail companies, said: “Further action by the RMT and TSSA leadership will only damage the railway’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”
He added, “We want to give our people a pay rise, but we need the leadership of trade unions to make a commitment to reform, which is how we can improve services and deliver a fair deal for our people, passengers and for taxpayers.”
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