Large swaths of Britain are without rail services this week, with coordinated strikes crippling the country’s transport network after last-minute negotiations failed to resolve a dispute over wages, jobs and conditions.
The next day of the strike is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th.
Major transport hubs in Cornwall, Wales, Dorset, Cheshire, Lancashire and Scotland will not have rail connections.
Network Rail previously said that widespread industrial action would mean there are no services to Penzance, Bournemouth, Swansea, Holyhead, Chester and Blackpool, as well as trains going north to Glasgow or Edinburgh, Scotland.
Lines are only open between 7:30am and 6:30pm, which means services start later and end earlier than usual.
The last services from London to Scotland will depart early Saturday afternoon.
Passengers are urged to travel only if absolutely necessary, as train services have been reduced from just 4,500, less than a quarter of the normal 20,000 provided each day.
Speaking to LBC radio on Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps accused RMT leader Mick Lynch of wanting to turn himself into one of the “union barons of the 1970s” after Lynch told Sky News: “If the government do not change direction, I believe that the strike is more inevitable. We as unions need to synchronize.”
“If we need to have union action, we need to coordinate union action in every city,” Lynch said, arguing that the British worker needs a pay rise.
Which trains are operating on strike days?
The East Midlands Railway will operate just one train per hour between Nottingham and Sheffield, as well as from both cities to London. There will also be an hourly train between Corby and London.
There will be one train per hour from Derby to Nottingham and Matlock, as well as between Leicester and Nottingham.
Northern Rail will operate hourly services from Leeds to Sheffield, York, and Bradford Forster Square. There will also be services available from Ilkely and Skipton.
TransPennine Express will operate five trains between Manchester Airport and Preston on strike days and one per hour between Manchester and York.
The following stations will be completely closed without TransPennine services calling them on strike days: Hull; Yarm; Scarborough; Seamer; Malton; Selby; Brough.
Greater Anglia has confirmed that all regional and branch services in East Anglia will be canceled on strike days and there will only be heavily reduced service on some lines on London Liverpool Street.
This will include one train per hour between Norwich and London, with the first and last trains from Norwich to London Liverpool Street at 8am and 4pm.
In Essex, c2c will operate a reduced service equivalent to less than a third of normal service levels – consisting of two trains per hour from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Laindon and to Pitsea via Rainham.
No trains will pass through Ockendon or Chafford Hundred.
Only 35 of the 180 stations in the Southeast will be open and no replacement rail buses will service stations that are closed.
Southeastern will also not operate trains from Victoria or Charing Cross and there will be limited service on the Woolwich, Sidcup and Bexleyheath lines.
There will be no Chiltern services north of Banbury, between Amersham and London on the Metropolitan line, or to Oxford between Tuesday and Saturday.
Between London and Banbury there will be one train per hour in each direction on these days.
South Western will operate two trains per hour each way from Waterloo to Southampton and Basingstoke.
There will be four trains per hour each way from Waterloo to Woking and Windsor.
The Great Western Railway will not be running any service on all lines in Cornwall as well as all branches in Devon.
There will be very limited service in London Paddington – with hourly trains between London and Cardiff.
The West Midlands Railway will operate one train per hour between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton on strike days. There will be no trains running from Birmingham to Walsall, Hereford and Shrewsbury.
There will be only one train per hour between Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International every day from Tuesday to Saturday.
CrossCountry will not operate services from Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Peterborough, Cambridge or Stansted Airport during the three days of the strike, while a “very limited service” will run between Bristol Parkway, Plymouth, Birmingham New Street, Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley.
West coast of Avanti
On strike days, Avanti West Coast plans to operate one train per hour from Euston to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston, with limited service from Glasgow.
Trains will also not stop at Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent or Runcorn, and these stations will be closed.
Meanwhile, North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh will not have Avanti West Coast services on strike days.
The national rail strikes on Saturday will also affect Elizabeth Line and London Overground services, and some Tube services, on strike days and until mid-morning on the days after the strikes.
There will be reduced service on the London Overground and Elizabeth line on Saturday and Overground passengers are advised to complete travel by 6pm.
Across the country, nearly a third of local authorities (125 out of 323) will not have stations that run services during the day of the strike.
The Telegraph found that of the 2,118 stations not managed by Transport for London or ScotRail, around 1,426 will not have daytime rail service.
In a typical year, these stations would see an average of 1.6 million entries and exits every day. The busiest stations closed this week were Bromley South in south east London (21,845), Moorfields in Liverpool (20,168), Earlsfield in south west London (17,860), Chester (13,955), Twickenham in south west London (13,657) and Southport in Merseyside (12,095).
Trips must be completed by 6:30 pm. An analysis of 14 major cities showed that, on average, 381,726 passengers depart normally from 7pm on weekdays – all travel that cannot take place on strike days.
This means that at least 1.1 million overnight trips will be cancelled. However, the actual number is likely to be much higher.
Misery all week
The interruption lasted the entire week, even on non-strike days, because beacons and controllers will not work overnight on strike days. As a result, the network was only able to offer 12,000 to 14,000 services on non-strike days due to the indirect effects of the strike.
The chaos on rail routes will mean that many commuters will be forced to find alternative routes to work, threatening to increase congestion on the country’s road network.
Steve Montgomery, who chairs industry body Rail Delivery Group, said: “These strikes will affect millions of people who use the train every day, including key workers, students with exams, those who cannot work from home, tourists and those who attend important business and leisure events.
“Working with Network Rail, our plan is to keep as many services running as possible, but significant outages will be unavoidable and some parts of the network will not have service, so passengers should plan their journeys carefully and check timetables. of trains”.
Passengers hoping to travel from London to Glasgow saw a 77% reduction in choice on Tuesday. On a typical day, they would have 17 train times to choose from, but that has dropped to just four. The last train will depart at 1:30 pm.
Network Rail published its amended schedule ahead of the widespread strike action. It confirmed last week that about half of all routes would have to close and that services would be cut by 80%.
He said the main lines would be prioritized for passenger services across the country. However, some major routes will not have trains running and others will see a drop of more than 90%.
The Telegraph’s analysis showed that the number of trains from London to Birmingham is expected to drop from 82 a day to just eight on Tuesday, while London to Bournemouth is expected to have no trains running. Passengers would normally have 38 trains to choose from if traveling between the two destinations.
Why are railway workers on strike?
The NR has made a 2.5 percent salary offer to the Association of Salaried Transport Employees (TSSA), which is voting its NR members to strike, but discussions continue with the RMT.
Haines said NR was trying to cut between 1,500 and 2,000 jobs, insisting that this could be achieved through voluntary means, particularly as a “significant” number of employees were over 60.
NR wanted to introduce changes to work practices linked to technologies such as using drones to check tracks and infrastructure, which the company says would be safer than having workers on the tracks, as well as more cost-effective.
“There is a history of resistance to change due to technology, but we cannot stem the tide,” Haines said.
He cited a move by NR to introduce an app to communicate with employees across the country, which he said took a year to seek a union deal.
Railways faced a “fundamental financial deficit” with fewer passengers traveling as a result of the pandemic, especially on Fridays, although numbers improved for weekend leisure travel, NR said.
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