Driver outages on seven rail networks cause long bus queues – strikes live

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Train stations were deserted this morning and long queues formed at bus stations as the railway strike started to bite.

Serious disruption to the rail network is expected today as a union launches industrial action.

Members of the drivers’ union Aslef leave for 24 hours in a row because of wages.

There will be no GWR trains to Devon, Cornwall or South Wales and there will be only one return flight from Leeds to London.

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This latest round of industrial action involves drivers who are members of the Aslef union and work for seven operators: Greater Anglia, GWR, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground (Arriva Rail London), Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

The timetables of the train operators involved are likely to be severely disrupted. But because Network Rail’s signalmen won’t stand out, other train companies’ services should work normally.

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Union members join picket line

Members of the Aslef union on a picket line outside King’s Cross station in central London.

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They struck over wages. There will be disruption on parts of the track on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The strike affects Arriva Rail London, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

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ICYMI: Sam Tarry Joins Another Picket Line Two Days After Keir Starmer’s Resignation

A former shadow transport minister has joined striking workers on another picket line just two days after Sir Keir Starmer fired him from the front seat of Labor.

As tens of thousands of BT and Openreach workers across the country struck for the first time in 35 years in a wage dispute, Sam Tarry addressed the Communication Workers Union (CWU) meeting in central London and said: to be back. ”

My colleague Andy Gregory reports:

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What is the probability of a general strike?

The departure of the Aslef union today is the latest round of union action in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

Could the situation turn into a general strike? Sean O’Grady take a look at his piece below:

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We want the opportunity to negotiate, says union leader

Rail workers haven’t had a pay rise in three years and want the opportunity to negotiate, a union boss does.

Mick Whelan, Aslef general secretary, previously told TBEN Radio 4: “The people we work for have made hundreds of millions of pounds and given money to their shareholders.”

He added that the government had included clauses in contracts that prevented railway operators from offering union members a pay increase of more than 2 percent.

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Unions fool taxpayers, says Grant Shapps

In The Times, Grant Shapps, the transportation secretary, writes that “The ‘Two Micks’, Lynch of the RMT and Whelan of Aslef, take the taxpayer for a ride, but not in the way they are intended.

“RMT stagnates with reforms and Aslef drags his feet in the negotiations as both declare more strikes. Enough.”

In response, Whelan told Times Radio on Saturday morning: “I say Mr Shapps is lying very simply, very clearly.

“We don’t drag our feet in the negotiations, we negotiate with 14 private companies, we don’t work for the government or the DfT (Department for Transport).”

He added: “I would like Mr Shapps to get us out of this catch-22 situation which he misrepresents at every opportunity.”

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Rail Delivery Group ‘disappointed’ by strike

The Rail Delivery Group says it is “disappointed” with the Aslef union’s decision to continue today’s strike.

Steve Montgomery, Chairman of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “We are very disappointed that Aslef’s leadership has decided to impose even more uncertainty and disruption on passengers and businesses in a week that has already seen a strike by the RMT.

“Millions of passengers will see their weekend plans disrupted, especially those who are at work, or going to the Commonwealth Games or the first football game of the season.”

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Abandoned stations and huge bus queues

Train stations are deserted and long lines are forming for the bus this morning as the railway strike starts to bite.

A large line formed at a bus station near London Bridge, with the Overground line one of those affected by Tody’s industrial action

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The station at London Bridge was also deserted. Greater Anglia, GWR, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground (Arriva Rail London), Southeastern and West Midlands Trains will experience major disruptions today.

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Which lines are affected by today’s strike?

There will be disruption on parts of the track on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The strike affects Arriva Rail London, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

Authorities warn that roads will be busier than usual between 11am and 3pm as the strike goes into effect.

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Serious rail disruption expected today as union strikes

Serious disruption to the rail network is expected today as a union goes on strike over wages and working conditions.

Members of the drivers’ union Aslef walk away for 24 hours.

The Rail Delivery Group said the union action is scheduled to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the start of the new season for most English football clubs.

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All train strikes planned this summer

The summer of travel discontent continues, with train strikes planned for August to cause maximum disruption.

The union action involves different unions on different dates, meaning different lines and networks are affected.

Helen Coffey has the details on every train and subway worker strike we know of so far: