Travel chaos expected as thousands of rail services cancelled due to strikes

Closed gates at London's Paddington underground station. A strike by London Underground drivers has closed the entire network. Drivers in Aslef and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walked out in a dispute over pensions and conditions. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY Strikes. Photo credit should read: Peter Clifton/PA Wire

Staff at Paddington station in London are on strike (Picture: PA)

Huge queues and travel chaos is expected this morning as thousands of train services have been crippled by strikes.

Mass strike action by rail workers this morning has led to packed motorways and nightmare journeys for thousands of workers.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at 14 operators are on strike in a long-running row over pay, jobs and conditions.

Passengers were being warned to expect disruption, and again on future strike dates on Saturday, March 30 and April 1.

Over 10,000 members from the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) took part in the strike action yesterday with more expected today (Picture: Hesther Ng/SOPA Images/Shutterstock)

Trains that do run will start later and finish much earlier than usual – typically between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

It is expected that nationally between 40-50% of train services will run, but there will be wide variations across the network, with no services at all in some areas.

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Services on Friday morning may also be disrupted because much of the rolling stock will not be in the right depots.

Steve Montgomery, who chairs the Rail Delivery Group, said: ‘This latest round of strikes will be a further inconvenience to our customers, who have already experienced months of disruption, and cost our people even more money at a time they can least afford it.

‘They will also be asking why the RMT …read more

Source:: Metro News

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