New train strike will cause more disruption for passengers

Rail passengers are being warned of further disruption to services due to a planned strike by train drivers at nine companies amid a long-running row over pay and conditions.

Industry executives have said the 24-hour walkout by Aslef union members on Saturday August 13 coincides with another busy weekend of football, with Premier League games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton likely to be affected.

Timetables will be released on August 9, but passengers are advised to follow the latest travel advice, check before you go and allow extra time for their trip.

Other companies not involved in the strike will run trains, but these are expected to be busy.

The strikes will affect Arriva Rail London, Avanti West Coast, Crosscountry, Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express), Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

Passengers are also urged to consider starting their journeys later than Sunday, August 14.

Passengers with tickets in advance, off-peak or at any time affected by the strike can use their ticket either the day before the date indicated on the ticket, or until Tuesday August 16 inclusive, or can modify their tickets for travel on another date, or get a refund if their train is canceled or postponed.

Railway strikesTtrains in spur lines near Ashford station in Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Steve Montgomery, Chairman of Rail Delivery Group, said: “We are truly disappointed that Aslef management has, for the second time in as many weeks, decided to impose even more uncertainty on passengers and businesses by disrupting passengers’ weekend plans.

“I will reiterate what I have said before – I am ready and willing to speak to Aslef executives today, tomorrow or even any time next week. They should cancel next week’s action and we talk instead. What our passengers and staff expect of us is that we talk and find a way to solve this problem.

“While we are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and get passengers where they need to be, if you are traveling on the affected routes, please plan ahead and check the latest travel advice.

“Like any service or business, things don’t stand still and we need to evolve with the times. We want to give our employees a raise because we know everyone is feeling the effects of the rising cost of living.

“We have to find the money somewhere because we cannot keep asking more from taxpayers or passengers, so we have to modernize and adapt to changes in passenger behavior.

“By making these necessary reforms, such as ending the reliance on weekend volunteer work, we are improving on-time performance, having more resilient Sunday services and using these savings to give our employees a pay rise, which has always been what we want to do.

“Further strikes will see our people out of pocket and mean less money to fund a pay rise, so we urge Aslef leaders to come and talk to us so we can reach a fair deal for staff and workers. taxpayers, and which guarantees a bright long-term future for our railway.

Further strike action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite have been announced for August 18 and 20, along with a separate RMT walkout on the London Underground August 19.

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