Nine months after the national rail strikes began, the biggest rail union is staging four more days of strikes, wrecking journey plans for millions of prospective passengers in the second half of March and into April.
Tens of thousands of members of the RMT union working for 14 train operators will walk out on 16, 18 and 30 March, plus 1 April.
The stoppages, in a dispute over pay and working arrangements, will also hit services on the adjacent days
The train operators, and ministers who will sign off the final settlement, say that a wage rise of 5 per cent for 2022 and 4 per cent for this year is contingent on modernisation intended to increase efficiency.
The RMT is seeking a pay increase – the first for three years – without any conditions attached. The union says: “In Scotland and Wales and on London Underground, RMT has won no strings pay offers of between 7-10 per cent for one year. That’s more than double the value of the current Rail Delivery Group [RDG] offer which is over two years.”
These are the key issues for rail passengers.
Will any trains be cancelled on 15 March?
Yes. Late evening services on Wednesday may be cancelled or curtailed, and the Night Riviera Sleeper service from London Paddington to Plymouth and Penzance will not operate.
Some services in the London area – in particular on the Elizabeth Line – are affected by the strike on the Tube involving both the RMT and members of Aslef union, representing train drivers.
In addition, engineering work on the West Coast main line between Carlisle and southern Scotland is interrupting services through Carstairs.
What will happen on the 16 and 18 March strike days?
In many parts of Great Britain, trains will run as normal, including the following services:
- Caledonian Sleeper
- Grand Central
- Heathrow Express
- Hull Trains
- London Overground
- Transport for Wales
The strikes are affecting train firms contracted by the Department for Transport. They include the leading intercity operators:
- Avanti West Coast
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway
- TransPennine Express
All the London commuter operators will also be hit:
- Greater Anglia
- GTR (Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink)
- South Western Railway
- Operators focusing on the Midlands and north of England will be affected:
- Chiltern Railways
- Northern Trains
- West Midlands…
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