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Train strike – live: No Southeastern services at all on Saturday due to drivers’ walkout

Train strike - live: No Southeastern services at all on Saturday due to drivers’ walkout

As the UK gears up for another rail strike tomorrow, travellers have been told there will be no Southeastern trains at all on Saturday.

No GWR trains to Devon, Cornwall or South Wales will run, and only one round-trip from Leeds to London will be in operation.

This latest round of industrial action involves drivers who are members of the Aslef union working at seven operators: Greater Anglia, GWR, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground (Arriva Rail London), Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

Schedules from the train operators who are involved are likely to be severely disrupted. But because Network Rail signallers will not be striking, other train firms’ services should operate normally.

Due to the walkout coinciding with another busy weekend for travel, with holidaymakers heading off and major sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games and the start of the EFL football season happening, the AA has issued an Amber Traffic Alert to drivers.

Drivers are being told to expect delays between 11am and 3pm on Friday and Saturday (29 and 30 July).

Cows on the line near Plymouth

Trains in and out of Plymouth are subject to delay and cancellation this morning.

“Cattle on the line between Totnes and Newton Abbot”, which means “lines are currently blocked”, according to Crosscountry Trains.

Port of Dover traffic moving smoothly this morning

So far this morning there has not been a repeat of last week’s traffic chaos around Dover and Folkestone.

The Port of Dover says: “Tourist flows normal. The roads to the Port (A2/A20) are busy but moving.”

P&O Ferries says: “There are currently no queues at border controls and traffic is free flowing through the port.”

DFDS Ferries says: “Please allow 90 minutes to complete the check in process & border controls at the Port. Upon arrival at check-in, we will accommodate you onto the next available sailing.”

Eurotunnel says that at Folkestone there is a “15 minute wait for French frontier control.”

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