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Transport strikes to cause a week’s worth of disruption across West Yorkshire

Rail passengers are being told not to travel during the week unless "absolutely necessary" due to delays.

Delays and disruption to public transport across West Yorkshire are expected this week following the largest rail strike since 1989 across the country.

Over 50,000 railway workers will walk out as part of 3 days of national strike action later this month, in the biggest dispute on the network since 1989.

The transport union, RMT, will shut down the country’s railway network on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Sunday 25 June. They say it is “due to the inability of the rail employers to come to a negotiated settlement with RMT.”

Most train operators are impacted with skeleton services planned for the strike days across the UK.

The strikes on these days are expected to have a “domino effect” over the following days.

In a statement, RMT said: “Network Rail and the train operating companies have subjected their staff to multi-year pay freezes and plan to cut thousands of jobs which will make the railways unsafe.

“Despite intense talks with the rail bosses, RMT has not been able to secure a pay proposal nor a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.”

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch, said: “Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously.

“We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1pc and rising.

“Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system.

“Rail companies are making at least £500m a year in profits, whilst fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This unfairness is fuelling our members’ anger and their determination to win a fair settlement.

“RMT is open to meaningful negotiations with rail bosses and ministers, but they will need to come up with new proposals to prevent months of disruption on our railways.”

Here is a list of all the services which will be hit by the strikes:

Northern Rail

Northern Rail says it will have “extremely limited availability” of train staff which means the majority of its services will not be able to run.

Due to the strikes causing disruption on non-strike days as well due to the company not being able to position the fleet correctly, Northern Rail has recommended that passengers do not travel between Tuesday 21 June and Sunday 26 June.

There will only be seven services running from Northern on the actual days of the strikes, with five of them being in Yorkshire. These are:

  • N3 Darlington – Saltburn
  • N15 Liverpool Lime Street – Alderley Edge
  • N35 York – Leeds
  • N39 Ilkley – Bradford Forster Square – Leeds
  • N40 Skipton – Bradford Forster Square – Leeds
  • N42 Leeds – Sheffield
  • N46 Leeds – Bradford Forster Square

For the latest updates from Northern, you can visit here.

Transpennine Express

This rail company will also experience serious disruption and will be closing a number of stations during the strike period. Transpennine has said there will be significant disruption on the days between the strike, Wednesday 22 and Friday 24.

You can access their full timetables here.

London North Eastern Railway

LNER will also be impacted by the strikes. They recommend avoiding travel if it is possible to do so and say they will be running around 38% of their usual trains, meaning the trains which are in service are likely to be crowded.

There will be no services between Leeds, Harrogate, Hull, Skipton and Bradford Forster Square. The Leeds to London service will also be extremely limited with only one train every hour.

You can view more information on how the strikes are impacting LNER services here.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry has also said it expects “significant” disruption over the strike period. The company is currently still finalising its timetable but have already suspended advance tickets for the strike dates.

You can check out CrossCountry’s strike timetables from here.

 

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