Train strike January 2018 latest: Commuters face fresh chaos as second RMT walk-out hits London’s railways

January 10, 2018 9:30 pm



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Commuters are facing fresh chaos on rail networks this morning with four operators battling another day of strike action.

Londoners who pass through Waterloo – the capital’s busiest station – look set to bear the brunt of the disruption once again after a similar strike was held on Monday.

SWR still plans to run more than 70 per cent of its normal weekday service of 1,700 trains. However, there will be rail replacement buses, arrangements to have tickets accepted on other train companies and most routes will see a reduced service.

Delays: Clapham Junction (pictured) and Waterloo are expected to bear the brunt of disruption (AP)

Picket lines will be mounted outside Waterloo and railway stations across the country as the long-running dispute over driver-only trains continues.

During Monday’s strike, the RMT said its members were “solid and united” as it “fights for public safety”. A third strike this week is planned for Friday.

The union said it had not received a response from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to its call for a summit aimed at resolving the disputes.

Commuters talk about what they think of the rail strikes

General secretary Mick Cash said: “Every single effort that RMT has made to reach negotiated settlements in these separate disputes with the different train operating companies over safe operation and safe staffing has been kicked back in our faces and we are left with no option but to press ahead with the action exactly as planned.

“No one should be in any doubt, these disputes are about putting the safety of the travelling public before the profits of the private train companies

He added: “This suspension of normal industrial relations by the employers has to end if we are to make progress towards a solution that guarantees safe rail travel for all.”

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “This is a dispute between a private company and the RMT. However, the Transport Secretary recognises the disruption caused to passengers and has met with union leaders on several occasions, including as recently as December, to help bring an end to the strikes.

“He offered guarantees of employment to members who currently fulfil the role of the second person on the train beyond the length of the franchises – instead the RMT called strikes on five train companies to cause maximum disruption to passengers.

“Nobody is losing their job as a result of driver-controlled operation trains – employees have been guaranteed jobs and salaries for several years.”

Elsewhere in the UK, Northern said it would run around 1,350 services on strike days, more than half its normal timetable, with most between 7am and 7pm.

Greater Anglia plans to run a normal service, with no alterations.

Merseyrail will run a reduced service, mostly between 7am and 7pm, with a break during the middle of the day.



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