Empty tracks at Manchester Piccadilly station

Network Rail urges against train travel on Saturday in light of strike action

Manchester Piccadillly empty platforms during June 2022 strikes2022, Network Rail

The unions RMT, Aslef and TSSA will carry out strike action on Saturday 1 October. As a result, only 11 percent of services will operate, and large parts of the England will see no train services at all, Network Rail warns. For this reason, passengers are reminded to only travel by train “if absolutely necessary”.

Network Rail says that the trains that do run, will likely start later and end their scheduled runs earlier than usual. “Those who must travel should expect disruption, plan ahead and check when their last train will depart”, the infrastructure manager cautions. The unions and the government have been embroiled for months over matters ranging from looming job cuts to pay freezes.

Saturday will see services across Network Rail’s Western route severely limited. The company expects disruptions to spillover into Sunday as well. Several major stations will be closed on October 1, including Birmingham New Street, London Euston, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.

Travellers should expect more upheaval as the week progresses, because train drivers at 14 operators, Great Western Railway and Avanti West Coast, are staging a walkout on October 5, followed by another walkout on October 8 by the RMT.

While Transport for Wales (TfW) is not involved in the disputes, it expects to be affected by the action nonetheless. On much of the network, it relies on Network Rail staff, so TfW will run “an extremely limited special timetable” on strike days.

More information about the industrial action can be accessed here.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Chief Editor, RailTech.com

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