BRITS are bracing for another day of rail misery as the knock-on effect of yesterday’s strikes causes chaos country-wide.
Just 60 per cent of normal morning services are running today – with Brits urged not to travel until noon so train services can catch up.
Brits queue for the bus outside Clapham Junction station as another day of rail misery kicks off
Euston Station in London was unusually quiet this morning
Trains normally leave depots between 3am and 4am ready for early morning journeys.
But because signallers and control room staff were on strike yesterday, trains cannot depart until today’s morning shift staff come in at 6am to 6.30am.
This means no passenger services can run before 6.30am – a four hour delay in some areas.
Network Rail have warned that “even during the day the service will stay thinner” than normal – with Brits urged not to travel until around 12pm.
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Yesterday’s walkouts saw stations deserted as millions worked from home to beat the transport carnage.
Thousands of signal workers, cleaners and maintenance staff from the RMT union walked out in an increasingly bitter dispute over pay and modernisation.
And they will do the same tomorrow — with the strike certain to go ahead, regardless of the outcome of fresh talks between rail bosses and union barons today.
Yesterday’s action — the largest in a generation — hit Network Rail and 13 train operators.
There were almost no passenger trains for the entire day, cutting off most of Scotland and Wales, all of Cornwall and Dorset, Chester, Hull, Lincoln and Worcester.
It comes as:
- Boris Johnson said Britain must “stay the course” and take on the unions, or risk “disaster for this country”
- Labour plunged into civil war as MPs joined picket lines in defiance of leader Sir Keir Starmer.
- Ministers privately hinted they were prepared to give railway workers bigger rises than nurses if they agree to modernisation.
Just a fifth of trains ran, with half of lines and the Tube closed. Less than two-thirds will run today due to the delay in starting services, plus control room staff refusing to work overnight.
The hospitality sector fears total losses of £1billion over the week — while the railways will suffer £150million losses too.
And it’s only set to get worse, as teachers could be next to join the summer strikes misery — after 40,000 RMT workers brought railways to a standstill yesterday.
The National Education Union today tells No10 it wants 12 per cent rises for its members by September.
Yesterday 1980s miners’ strike leader Arthur Scargill, 84, supported the RMT in Wakefield, West Yorks.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi warned teachers risk wrecking kids’ recovery from the Covid pandemic if their unions vote to strike.
He exclusively told Trending In The News: “Young people have suffered more disruption to their education than any generation gone before, and it’s the vital work of teachers that is helping them get back on track.
“The last thing I — or any parent — want to see is anything that would risk undoing that progress.”
NEU chief Mary Bousted will write to Mr Zahawi today threatening industrial action.
She told TalkTV: “We’re going to be asking for a pay rise, which matches inflation.”
She told Mr Zahawi to “get around the negotiating table now”, adding: “If the Secretary of State refuses to do that, we will then survey our members to see if they are willing to take strike action, which is always a last resort.”
Traffic built up in London as Brits took to the road to avoid rail madness
Yesterday crowds of commuters were seen at Liverpool Street station
Fed-up passengers in London’s Victoria station check departures board
Manchester’s Piccadilly Station is deserted as travellers stay away