UK travel services have seen severe disruption in recent months as unions went on strike over pay
This is the latest strike in the long-running dispute over pay and conditions that caused UK travel services to grind to a halt this summer.
The 24-hour strike by members of the Aslef union will take place next Saturday 13 August.
This coincides with another busy weekend of football that is likely to affect Premier League games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton.
It may also cause disruption for those traveling to Coldplay and Rex Orange County concerts in London.
Steve Montgomery, Chairman of Rail Delivery Group, said: “We are genuinely disappointed that for the second time in as many weeks, Aslef leadership have decided to impose even more uncertainty on passengers and businesses by disrupting passengers’ weekend plans. ”
He called on the union to end the strike and said he was “ready and willing to speak to Aslef’s leadership today, tomorrow… or any time next week”.
The chairman claimed Rail Delivery Group wanted to give employees a raise as “everyone feels the hardship from the rising cost of living”, but explained that the company “has to find the money somewhere”.
He continued: “More strikes will drain our people and mean less money to fund a pay rise.
“Therefore, we urge the leadership of Aslef to come and speak to us so that we can reach an agreement that is fair to employees and taxpayers and ensures a bright, long-term future for our railway.”
When will we find out more about the strikes?
The timetables will be published on August 9th.
Passengers are advised to follow the latest travel advice, plan ahead, check before departure and allow extra time for their trip.
Which routes are affected?
The following rail connections are affected by the strikes:
- Arriva Rail London
- Avanti West Coast
- cross country
- Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express)
- Great western
- Hull trains
- London uplands
- West Midlands trains
Other companies not involved in the strike will operate trains, but these are expected to be busy.
However, London Underground services will not be affected on this date
Passengers have also been advised to board the journey later on Sunday 14 August.
What if I already have a ticket?
Passengers affected by the strike with presale, off-peak or anytime tickets can use their ticket either the day before the date on the ticket or up to and including Tuesday 16 August.
Alternatively, passengers can change their tickets to travel on a different date or receive a refund if their train is canceled or rescheduled.
What other strike actions are planned?
Further strikes by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT), Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite unions have been announced for Thursday 18th and Saturday 20th August.
These strikes will result in over 40,000 employees leaving in protest over wages, working conditions and job security.
Only one in five services will operate, with travelers being told to “only travel by train if absolutely necessary”.
There will also be a separate RMT strike on the London Underground on Friday 19th August.