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Second day of action planned to disrupt UK rail network

Rachel Room

Members of Network Rail’s Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and 13 train operators stage their second strike of the week today after no agreement on wages and conditions was reached in tense talks earlier in the week.

Only around one in five trains will run and mostly on main lines during the day, making travel onerous for many passengers across the UK. Network Rail said today’s train services will ‘look a lot like they did on Tuesday’, starting later in the morning and ending early in the evening at around 6.30pm. Passengers were asked to “travel by train only if necessary”.

Members of the Aslef drivers’ union on Greater Anglia trains will strike on Thursday in a separate dispute over wages. The company, also affected by the RMT strike, advised passengers to travel only when necessary.

Meanwhile, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has announced that its Merseyrail members have accepted a pay offer of 7.1%.

I will update you today on all the key strike events in the UK. Please contact us at rachel.hall@theguardian.com if you spotted anything we missed.

Good Morning Britain’s Nitya Gracianna Rajan tweeted that Newport’s main transport hub saw an increase in passengers on Tuesday compared to the previous week, and is put more double decker buses along regional suburban routes.

#RailStrikes Day 2: The biggest transport hub in Newport, Wales saw an increase in passenger numbers on Tuesday compared to last week. More double decker buses have been provided along regional commuter routes in anticipation of peak hour demand this morning. https://t.co/LJithbjldj

— Nitya Gracianna Rajan (@NityaGRajan) June 23, 2022

Second day of action planned to disrupt UK rail network

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Rachel Room

Members of Network Rail’s Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and 13 train operators stage their second strike of the week today after no agreement on wages and conditions was reached in tense talks earlier in the week.

Only around one in five trains will run and mostly on main lines during the day, making travel onerous for many passengers across the UK. Network Rail said today’s train services will ‘look a lot like they did on Tuesday’, starting later in the morning and ending early in the evening at around 6.30pm. Passengers were asked to “travel by train only if necessary”.

Members of the Aslef drivers’ union on Greater Anglia trains will strike on Thursday in a separate dispute over wages. The company, also affected by the RMT strike, advised passengers to travel only when necessary.

Meanwhile, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has announced that its Merseyrail members have accepted a pay offer of 7.1%.

I will update you today on all the key strike events in the UK. Please contact us at rachel.hall@theguardian.com if you spotted anything we missed.

Rail strikes: Second day of action set to disrupt UK rail network – live |  Railway strikes

Gwyn Topham

The Guardian’s Gwyn Topham has the full report on the progress of the talks last night, the breakdown of which led to the second day of strikes today.

The RMT chief has slammed Transport Secretary Grant Shapps for ‘wrecking negotiations’ in the dispute over wages, working conditions and proposing ‘modernisation’ plans to cut costs post-pandemic, writes- he.

Shapps said RMT’s claim was “a complete lie”, while Network Rail claimed the union had pulled out of the talks.




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