‘No real hope’ of avoiding biggest rail strike in 30 years, says Network Rail |  Rail industry

‘No real hope’ of avoiding biggest rail strike in 30 years, says Network Rail | Rail industry

‘No real hope’ of avoiding biggest rail strike in 30 years, says Network Rail |  Rail industry

Network Rail said there was “no real hope” of avoiding the biggest rail strike in 30 years next week as it instructed passengers to plan ahead and travel only when necessary.

The full timetable will be published Friday, but operators including Southern, Northern, TransPennine and Transport for Wales have already told passengers not to try to travel on strike days.

Network Rail has confirmed that large parts of Britain will not have passenger services on strike days, including locations such as Penzance in Cornwall, Bournemouth in Dorset, all of Wales west or north of Cardiff, and no passenger trains traveling north from Glasgow or Edinburgh .

With back-up signaling staff, about 20% of trains on mainlines and urban areas will run on the strike days – 21, 23 and 25 June – while services start later in the morning, with about 60% of the schedule on the following days .

Network Rail director Andrew Haines described the strike of 40,000 RMT workers as a “high-stakes gamble” by unions, saying it would cost the industry £150m and make wage increases more difficult.

Haines said proposals to modernize to increase safety and productivity have been “rigid…even when conditions are clearly anachronistic”.

He said talks would continue, but added: “We haven’t seen a move yet that gives us real hope.”

The RMT called for direct talks with the government, saying it was “clear that the Treasury is in charge”.

Mick Lynch, the RMT’s general secretary, wrote to the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, to seek an urgent meeting, saying: “In fact, the union has negotiated with the government in recent weeks, but the government has not been present. . †

The last meeting between unions and government was in March with railway minister Wendy Morton.

Labor accused the government of “dereliction of duty” for failing to hold talks to resolve the strike. Shadow transport minister Louise Haigh said it was “frankly extraordinary” and shapps wrote to him to hold urgent talks.

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The number of passenger services on the strike days is expected to be limited to around 4,500, compared to 20,000 normal

The last services between London and Scotland depart at 2pm, while most intercity trains in England depart in the mid-afternoon.

Steve Montgomery, chairman of the industry association Rail Delivery Group, said: “These strikes will affect the millions of people who use the train every day, including key personnel, students with exams, those unable to work from home, vacationers and those attending important business and leisure activities. events.

“In partnership with Network Rail, our plan is to run as many services as possible, but significant disruptions will be inevitable and some parts of the network will be out of service, so passengers should plan their journeys carefully and check their train times.”