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Train strikes LIVE: Travel CHAOS as biggest walkout in 30 years sees 80% of services cancelled today & stations DESERTED


RAIL strikes are expected to cause the cancellation of about 80% of train services across Britain today.

Train travellers have been urged to stay at home unless absolutely necessary up and down the country after last ditch talks failed to resolve a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Half the rail network will shut down on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the biggest walkout in 30 years, the RMT confirmed yesterday.

From Tuesday, train passengers will face chaos with only a fifth of services running and half of lines closed, due to the biggest strike by rail workers for a generation.

According to reports in the Guardian and BBC, only around 20% of rail services will be running today.

Train services are expected to be impacted on the days without planned strike action as well due to knock-on effects – with about 60% of normal services running.

One unforeseen result of these strikes is that over HALF of the trains to Glastonbury have been cancelled, leaving many festival goers stranded just a day before it starts.

This could be a disaster for the festival, as 200,000 people flock to the iconic event.

Read our rail strike 2022 live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Several Labour MPs join RMT picket lines

    Several Labour MPs have joined RMT pickets to show their support for rail workers taking strike action on Tuesday morning.

    Ian Lavery, the MP for Wansbeck and former chair of the Labour Party, joined a picket in Morpeth, tweeting: “Solidarity with the @RMTunion today and all days.”

    Beth Winter, the Labour MP for Cynon Valley, tweeted: “Complete solidarity with striking @RMTunion members today.

    “The Trades Unions are the organised working class… the workers united will never be defeated.”

    Tahir Ali, the MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said he would be joining pickets later on Tuesday and posted: “Solidarity to all those who are out taking action to protect jobs, ensure safety, and win better pay and conditions.”

  • National Rail Enquiries website crashes

    The National Rail Enquiries website has stopped working.

    Passengers attempting to use the service to find out what trains are running during the rail strike are being shown a message stating: “500 Internal Server Error”.

  • Industrial action ‘taking us back to days of union strikes’ says Shapps

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the industrial action on the railways is “taking us back to the bad old days of union strikes” as he vowed to “push on with these reforms anyway”.

    He told Sky News: “I hear the unions say it’s about pay, it’s about job cuts, in fact there’s a pay offer on the table and the job cuts are by and large voluntary.

    “So it’s unnecessary, it’s taking us back to the bad old days of union strikes and they’ve walked away now from the negotiations saying they’re going to strike and calling off any chance of a resolution.

    “We’re going to have to push on with these reforms anyway.”

  • Stations left DESERTED as industrial action begins

    Train passengers are being hit by major disruption due to the largest strike by rail workers for a generation.

    Usually busy stations such as London Euston were nearly deserted except for picket lines by union members early today, with the start of services delayed until 7.30am.

    Even then only a fifth of services will run, half of lines will remain closed, and the network will be shut down at 6.30pm.

    Much of Britain will have no passenger trains for the entire day, including most of Scotland and Wales, the whole of Cornwall and Dorset, and places such as Chester, Hull, Lincoln and Worcester.

    Last-ditch talks failed to resolve the bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, with all sides blaming each other for the lack of progress.

    Around 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators have walked out.

    People look at the departures board at Victoria Station, in London, Britain June 21, 2022. REUTERS/John Sibley
  • What trains will run in Scotland today?

    Tomorrow will see the UK hit with the biggest rail strike in 30 years.

    Some services will remain operational however.

    The BBC has listed which ones will run in Scotland.

    • Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk High: two trains per hour
    • Edinburgh – Bathgate: two trains per hour
    • Glasgow – Hamilton/Larkhall: two trains per hour
    • Glasgow – Lanark: two trains per hour
    • Edinburgh – Glasgow via Shotts: one train per hour
  • When are the RMT rail strikes

    The UK is currently bracing itself for the biggest rail strike in 30 years, but when exactly will trains stop running?

    The RMT members are holding 24-hour strikes on three days:

    • Tuesday 21 June
    • Thursday 23 June
    • Saturday 25 June

    However, if the workers do not get what they have requested, we could see further strikes

  • Mass shortages

    Many train services have been cancelled with “shortage of train crew” given among the reasons ahead of a national walkout of rail workers.

    And a number of train companies are running emergency timetables today, warning people to only travel if necessary.

    But Treasury chief secretary Simon Clarke said earlier today it is likely the rail strike will go ahead and insisted it is not up to the Government to resolve the dispute.Edit

  • Last-ditch talks fail, strike will go ahead

    This afternoon, the RMT top brass met with rail bosses for last-ditch talks regarding tomorrow’s strike.

    These talks failed, meaning the strike will now go ahead.

    “We are moving on now to the next phase of this campaign,” Mick Lynch, the head of the RMT rail union, said.

  • Major strike could send UK back to the 70s

    Meanwhile, teachers, binmen and posties have threatened to join the walkout – causing chaos unseen since the 1970s.

    A reduced timetable this week will operate just 20 per cent of train services on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    And a map of misery has illustrated how just half of the country’s network will be open.

    Network Rail said that no passenger services will serve locations such as Penzance in Cornwall, Bournemouth in Dorset, Swansea in South Wales, Holyhead in North Wales, Chester in Cheshire and Blackpool, Lancashire.

    There will also be no passenger trains running north from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

  • RMT blames government for strike

    The RMT Union, which is set to plunge the nation into travel hell this week, has claimed the government are to blame for the strike.

    RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said there would only be a solution if ministers gave workers the right to negotiate.

    “What we’ve come to understand is the dead hand of this government is all over this dispute. Until they allow these employers to negotiate freely I can’t see we’re going to get a resolution,” he said.

  • The strike is set to go ahead, here is TFL’s advice for avoiding it

    The UK is set to be plunged into travel CHAOS this week, as thousands of rail workers go on strike.

    TFL have been relatively quiet on the situation, but they have released a statement giving advice to weary travellers.

    Its advice? Simply avoid using London’s trains

    A TfL statement said: “We are advising customers to avoid travelling on Tuesday 21 June, when strike action will severely disrupt most of TfL’s and national rail’s services.

    “If you need to travel, you are advised to complete your journey by 18:00.

    “Disruption on all Tube lines will continue through the morning of Wednesday 22 June.

    “No London Underground services are expected to run before 08:00, when they will begin running with delays.

    “We encourage customers to avoid making journeys until mid-morning.”

  • Downing street warns of commuter chaos ahead of strike

    Downing Street has warned it will be “extremely difficult” commuting during the rail strikes.

    The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “For those that have no choice but to come in it will be extremely difficult tomorrow and I think the public will understandably want to know why they are being put in this position.

    “We believe we are seeking to offer a fair and reasonable pay rise and modernise the railway services for the long term, and we need to get rid of some of these outdated rules and procedures, some of which have not been updated for decades and which don’t serve the public.”

  • Grant Shapps claims unions and rail companies need to ‘work together’ to end strikes

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps denied that he is “the problem” in relation to rail strikes.

    He told Sky News: “The actual unions need to sit down with the employers because this is a highly technical discussion around 20 different areas of modernisation that are required on the railway, to make sure the railways can continue to function.

    “We’ve given £16 billion of taxpayers’ money through coronavirus to make sure that none of those railway employees lost their jobs.

    “So they need to work on this together between the union and the employers.”

  • Unions declare war on Britain

    Rail unions declared war on Britain last night by threatening to stage crippling strikes for months to come.

    In a speech yesterday afternoon, RMT boss ‘Mad Mick’ Lynch warned the misery has only just begun.

    He said the rail strike will go on “as long as it needs to” until bosses cave to his eye-watering pay demands.

    In a call to arms to his 40,000-strong army of members, he added: “We call on our members to stand firm, support the action and mount the pickets.”

    Britain should brace itself for a “wave” of strikes across the entire economy, he said – fuelling fears we are heading for 1970s style industrial unrest.

  • What are the rail strikers asking for?

    With the rail strike going ahead this week, plunging much of the UK’s transport services into chaos, the RMT Union has outlined what exactly it hopes to achieve.

    In a statement, the union said: “We want a transport system that operates for the benefit of the people, for the needs of society and our environment – not for private profit.”

    In practice their demands would see rail workers get a seven per cent pay increase, to rise with inflation.

    The average salary of a train driver is £54,000 per year – a seven per cent rise on that would see them raking in £57,780.

    Moreover, the union believes many workers were wrongfully let go during Covid, so they are asking for stronger job security.

  • What trains will run in Scotland tomorrow?

    Tomorrow will see the UK hit with the biggest rail strike in 30 years.

    Some services will remain operational however.

    The BBC has listed which ones will run in Scotland.

    • Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk High: two trains per hour
    • Edinburgh – Bathgate: two trains per hour
    • Glasgow – Hamilton/Larkhall: two trains per hour
    • Glasgow – Lanark: two trains per hour
    • Edinburgh – Glasgow via Shotts: one train per hour
  • When are the RMT rail strikes

    The UK is currently bracing itself for the biggest rail strike in 30 years, but when exactly will trains stop running?

    The RMT members are holding 24-hour strikes on three days:

    • Tuesday 21 June
    • Thursday 23 June
    • Saturday 25 June

    However, if the workers do not get what they have requested, we could see further strikes

  • Mass shortages

    Many train services have been cancelled with “shortage of train crew” given among the reasons ahead of a national walkout of rail workers.

    And a number of train companies are running emergency timetables today, warning people to only travel if necessary.

    But Treasury chief secretary Simon Clarke said earlier today it is likely the rail strike will go ahead and insisted it is not up to the Government to resolve the dispute.Edit

  • Last-ditch talks fail, strike will go ahead

    This afternoon, the RMT top brass met with rail bosses for last-ditch talks regarding tomorrow’s strike.

    These talks failed, meaning the strike will now go ahead.

    “We are moving on now to the next phase of this campaign,” Mick Lynch, the head of the RMT rail union, said.

  • Major strike could send UK back to the 70s

    Meanwhile, teachers, binmen and posties have threatened to join the walkout – causing chaos unseen since the 1970s.

    A reduced timetable this week will operate just 20 per cent of train services on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    And a map of misery has illustrated how just half of the country’s network will be open.

    Network Rail said that no passenger services will serve locations such as Penzance in Cornwall, Bournemouth in Dorset, Swansea in South Wales, Holyhead in North Wales, Chester in Cheshire and Blackpool, Lancashire.

    There will also be no passenger trains running north from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

  • RMT blames government for strike

    The RMT Union, which is set to plunge the nation into travel hell this week, has claimed the government are to blame for the strike.

    RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said there would only be a solution if ministers gave workers the right to negotiate.

    “What we’ve come to understand is the dead hand of this government is all over this dispute. Until they allow these employers to negotiate freely I can’t see we’re going to get a resolution,” he said.

  • The strike is set to go ahead, here is TFL’s advice for avoiding it

    The UK is set to be plunged into travel CHAOS this week, as thousands of rail workers go on strike.

    TFL have been relatively quiet on the situation, but they have released a statement giving advice to weary travellers.

    Its advice? Simply avoid using London’s trains

    A TfL statement said: “We are advising customers to avoid travelling on Tuesday 21 June, when strike action will severely disrupt most of TfL’s and national rail’s services.

    “If you need to travel, you are advised to complete your journey by 18:00.

    “Disruption on all Tube lines will continue through the morning of Wednesday 22 June.

    “No London Underground services are expected to run before 08:00, when they will begin running with delays.

    “We encourage customers to avoid making journeys until mid-morning.”

  • Downing street warns of commuter chaos ahead of strike

    Downing Street has warned it will be “extremely difficult” commuting during the rail strikes.

    The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “For those that have no choice but to come in it will be extremely difficult tomorrow and I think the public will understandably want to know why they are being put in this position.

    “We believe we are seeking to offer a fair and reasonable pay rise and modernise the railway services for the long term, and we need to get rid of some of these outdated rules and procedures, some of which have not been updated for decades and which don’t serve the public.”

  • Grant Shapps claims unions and rail companies need to ‘work together’ to end strikes

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps denied that he is “the problem” in relation to rail strikes.

    He told Sky News: “The actual unions need to sit down with the employers because this is a highly technical discussion around 20 different areas of modernisation that are required on the railway, to make sure the railways can continue to function.

    “We’ve given £16 billion of taxpayers’ money through coronavirus to make sure that none of those railway employees lost their jobs.

    “So they need to work on this together between the union and the employers.”

  • What are the rail strikers asking for?

    With the rail strike going ahead this week, plunging much of the UK’s transport services into chaos, the RMT Union has outlined what exactly it hopes to achieve.

    In a statement, the union said: “We want a transport system that operates for the benefit of the people, for the needs of society and our environment – not for private profit.”

    In practice their demands would see rail workers get a seven per cent pay increase, to rise with inflation.

    The average salary of a train driver is £54,000 per year – a seven per cent rise on that would see them raking in £57,780.

    Moreover, the union believes many workers were wrongfully let go during Covid, so they are asking for stronger job security.





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