Network Rail workers will stage a strike in late June in what has been dubbed “the largest rail strike in modern history” in a dispute over pay and layoffs.
Staff will stage a strike on June 21, 23 and 25, meaning thousands of services will be canceled and lines closed.
The strike action will also have an impact on non-strike days after the strike, as only about 60% of the services are expected to run.
The union RMT described the planned strike as “the largest rail strike in modern history”, which will involve more than 40,000 workers.
Other rail operators such as Southeastern, TransPennine and Avanti West Coast have issued a similar warning, urging customers to travel only if necessary, while Northern Trains told passengers from June 21-26 to “not travel”.
Which services are affected by the Network Rail strikes?
Network Rail has warned travelers, saying half of all lines will be closed, with places such as Bournemouth, Dorset, Swansea, Holyhead, Chester and Blackpool having no available services during the planned action.
Scheduled services begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.
There are no trains north of Glasgow or Edinburgh or to Penzence in Cornwall.
The train will operate between London and Scotland via Manchester and Birmingham, but the timetable will be affected by some scheduled services on the route.
The state and district lines have been hardest hit by the strikes
While final timetables have yet to be finalized, Network Rail has announced it will only carry about a fifth of its normal scheduled departures from June 20-26.
There will also be disruption in the days following the strike action as staff are not working overnight to prepare services in advance.
Why are the rail strikes happening?
Around 40,000 Network Rail RMT union members are expected to take part in the strike, along with workers from 13 other rail companies across the country.
- Chiltern Railway
- intercity trains
- Greater Anglia
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway
- Northern Trains
- southeast railway
- TransPennine Express
- Avanti West Coast
- West Midlands trains
The RMT Union has described the industrial action as the “largest railroad strike in modern history,” with workers across the facility – including guards and signalers – all walking at once.
Network Rail has called the strike action “unnecessary”, with Chief Executive Andrew Haines saying: “Make no mistake, the level of service we are able to offer will be significantly impacted and passengers need to take this into account and plan ahead and only travel if.” it is really necessary.”
https://www.nationalworld.com/news/uk/rail-strikes-passengers-warned-not-travel-network-rail-industrial-action-3732883 Passengers have been urged not to use trains during a rail strike