Rail passengers face more disruption as train drivers announce strike on busy weekend

Rail passengers are facing a new wave of disruption as train drivers from several companies have announced another strike over a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions.

The 24-hour walkout on Saturday 13 August will coincide with a busy weekend of football, with Premier League games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton likely to be affected.

Organized by members of the trade union Aslef, the strike will affect services operated by Arriva Rail London, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

Timetables are due to be published on 9 August, but passengers are encouraged to follow the latest travel advice, check before setting off and allow extra time for their journey.

While companies not involved in the strike will continue to run trains, these are expected to be busier than normal.

The industrial action will also affect services running on the morning of Sunday August 14, with those planning to travel asked to consider starting their journey later in the day.

There have been several strikes so far this year, with unions demanding a pay rise due to the rising cost of living and raising concerns about job security and working conditions.

Earlier this summer there was an RMT walkout biggest UK rail strike in 30 years.

In recent weeks, there have been extensive talks about the problems, but the dispute is still unresolved.

“We must modernize and adapt”

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

“Like any service or business, things don’t just stand still and we have to move with the times. We want to give our people a pay rise as we know everyone is in a pinch due to the cost of living going up.”

He added that further strikes would leave people “out of pocket” and urged leaders of Aslef to stand up and reach a deal that is “fair to employees and taxpayers”.

“I want to repeat what I’ve said before – I’m ready and willing to talk to the leadership of Aslef today, tomorrow or indeed any time next week,” Montgomery said.

“They should call off next week’s action and talk to us instead. What our passengers and our staff expect is for us to talk and find a way through this.”

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Can people get a refund?

Passengers with advance, low or anytime tickets affected by the strike can use the ticket either the day before the date it was to be used, or until 16 August.

They can also change their tickets to travel on an alternative date.

If their train is canceled or rescheduled, they can get a refund.

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Are more strikes planned?

A further two days of strike action have already been announced, with members of the RMT at Network Rail and 14 train operators planning to walk out on 18 and 20 August.

The Transport Servants Association (TSSA) has also agreed to strike against seven train operating companies on the same days.

This will affect services operated by Avanti West Coast, c2c, East Midlands Railway, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, LNER and Southeastern.

London Underground workers are also due to strike on 19 August.

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