UK: The Railways have announced strikes yet again across the United Kingdom, leaving citizens to face difficulties in commute. The railway staff have once again called for a strike over disputes over pay, jobs and conditions. More than 40,000 thousand workers are said to have been on strike.
The frequent travellers have no other choice than to face the delays and cancellations of trains following the announcement of the strike.
The lead negotiator of Network Rails, Tim Shoveller, said that the company offered workers two years 8% pay deal without any guarantee of ‘no compulsory
The following rail operators have called for a strike, and their respective travellers have been the most affected: Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Network Rail, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Eastern, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (including Gatwick Express), Heathrow Express, Lumo, Hull Trains, Grand Central, Transport for Wales, ScotRail, Merseyrail, Thameslink and Stansted Express along with many other operators not mentioned above.
Though the workers from London transport aren’t involved in the strikes, the transport can be interrupted on tracks shared with these rails, namely District, Bakerloo, Elizabeth as well as London undergrounds.
Only two trains per hour would be there at The Elizabeth line stretches. Similarly, London Undergrounds work only between reduced timing hours, i.e 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. The strike will end by 28th July. However, the disruptions may prevail, and travellers may have to face inconvenience in commuting.
Moreover, travellers are advised to travel only if necessary and expect delays in the coming days.
Railways have advised the travellers to check for ‘amended schedules’ prior to travel. Only 20% of services shall continue while the rest continue to be disrupted.