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LIVE: RMT confirms rail strike to continue tomorrow

York-based operator LNER are affected by the strike

The biggest walk-out of rail staff in more than 30 years is continuing on Thursday and Saturday.

The biggest rail strike in three decades is taking place after last-ditch talks failed, the RMT union said.

A walk-out by 40,000 workers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday will cause "total misery" according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Mr Shapps said the walk-out was "totally wrong" and would inconvenience millions - including those like his own daughter who are taking exams.

The strike is the result of a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions. The RMT is asking for a pay rise of 7% - lower than inflation but higher than that being offered by employers.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said latest offers from publicly-owned Network Rail and private train operating companies had been rejected.

Mr Lynch blamed Mr Shapps for cutting billions of pounds in funding for public transport.

"This dispute has been manufactured by Shapps and by government policy," he said.

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  • Rail strike to go ahead as Shapps accused of ‘wrecking’ negotiations

    A fresh strike by rail workers will go ahead on Thursday after the union at the centre of a bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions accused the Transport Secretary of “wrecking” negotiations.

  • Tomorrows strikes will go ahead says RMT

    The RMT said tomorrow's rail strike will go ahead, saying the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrecked negotiations. Mick Lynch RMT general secretary said: "Grant Shapps has wrecked these negotiations by not allowing Network Rail to withdraw their letter threatening redundancy for 2,900 of our members. "Until the government unshackle Network Rail and the train operating companies, it is not going to be possible for a negotiated settlement to be agreed. "We will continue with our industrial campaign until we get a negotiated settlement that delivers job security and a pay rise for our members that deals with the escalating cost of living crisis."

  • Rail strike causes train chaos and surge in road traffic

    Millions of people are suffering disruption from rail strikes with 80% of trains cancelled and a spike in road congestion.

  • LNER running 38% of their trains today with last train at 2pm

    London North Eastern Railway (LNER) which operates the East Coast Main Line service is only running around 38% of their usual trains today and they are likely to be very busy. If passengers can avoid travelling over this period they recommend doing so. If passengers do need to travel, they should check their train before their journey. The last train from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh is at 14:00 today and the last train from Edinburgh to London is at 12:30.

  • TransPennine Express running a significant reduced timetable today

    An amended timetable is in place today, which will see a significant reduction in available services. TransPennine Express are advising customers to only travel if journeys are essential and to seek alternative means of transport if possible. Yarm, Scarborough, Seamer, Malton, Selby, Brough and Hull (the bus station will remain open) stations are not being served at all.

  • Northern warns not to travel as they run "skeleton service" today

    Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “We’ve done everything we can to offer people across the North of England a skeleton service – but our advice remains not to travel. The timetable we have put in place has been agreed with Network Rail, who have had to consider the requirements of other train operators and freight services on the network. “We apologise in advance for the disruption and inconvenience that the RMT’s industrial action will cause. We continue to be keen to speak to the RMT to find a resolution and avoid any future strikes.” In short, the skeleton timetable today comprises hourly services between 8am and 6pm from Leeds to Sheffield, York, Bradford Forster Square, Skipton and Ilkley.

  • CrossCountry strongly advising customers to "avoid travelling by rail "

    CrossCountry Trains are running a limited service today between 7.30am and 6.30pm due to RMT strike action. Birmingham to North East and Scotland are running one train per hour between Birmingham and York (via Leeds) with four trains per day extended to Edinburgh.​ Tom Joyner, Managing Director at CrossCountry said: “We are of course disappointed by this unnecessary action and are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause. We are working with industry partners to offer the best service possible despite the actions of the RMT. We remain open to speaking with union colleagues to reach a compromise. However, if the strike goes ahead it will cause significant disruption. “We strongly advise passengers to avoid travelling by rail wherever possible during this time and make alternative arrangements. If travel by train is essential, we urge customers to allow significant extra time and check their journey details in advance.”

  • Hull Trains not serving Hull Station today due to strike

    Hull Trains are only operating between Doncaster and London King’s Cross today, due to strike action by RMT members. Customers with existing tickets for travel on 21st, 23rd or 25th June can get in touch to change their travel date 7 days either side of your original booked date. Alternatively, customers can claim a full refund if they do not wish to travel.

  • Grand Central trains running a reduced service today

    Grand Central are running a reduced service on both their routes today due to RMT strike action. Reservations are compulsory and customers without reservations will not be permitted to board. Trains departing London Kings Cross heading for York today will leave at 11:24, 12:56 and 14:24. Trains departing York heading for London Kings Cross today will leave at 08:23, 10:28, 11:43. If your journey is disrupted today, you can travel the day after with any valid Grand Central ticket, and you can change your travel plans or request a refund fee free.

  • Stations deserted as start of rail strike means no early-morning trains

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

  • Welcome back

    We'll be keeping you updated throughout the day on the rail strike affecting York and Hull stations, with many trains being cancelled and delayed.

  • That's everything for tonight - join us tomorrow for more updates

    We'll recap what's happening with train operators through York and Hull stations, and also keep you up-to-date on any announcements by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps or the RMT union.

  • Reduced services expected from this evening

    It's expected that some services will be reduced this evening. According to departure data from York Station, there are only some delays on some LNER services.

  • TransPennine Express ask customers to plan carefully

    An amended timetable will be in place on Tuesday, which will see a significant reduction in available services. TransPennine Express are advising customers to only travel if journeys are essential and to seek alternative means of transport if possible. Yarm, Scarborough, Seamer, Malton, Selby, Brough and Hull (the bus station will remain open) stations will not be served at all.

  • LNER to run around 38% of their usual trains and likely to be very busy

    London North Eastern Railway (LNER) which operates the East Coast Main Line service warned they will be running around 38% of their usual trains and they are likely to be very busy. If passengers can avoid travelling over this period they recommend doing so. If passengers do need to travel, they should check their train before their journey. The last train from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh is at 14:00 and the last train from Edinburgh to London is 12:30.

  • Northern to provide "skeleton service" but advises passenger not to travel

    Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “We’ve done everything we can to offer people across the North of England a skeleton service – but our advice remains not to travel. The timetable we have put in place has been agreed with Network Rail, who have had to consider the requirements of other train operators and freight services on the network. “We apologise in advance for the disruption and inconvenience that the RMT’s industrial action will cause. We continue to be keen to speak to the RMT to find a resolution and avoid any future strikes.” In short, the skeleton timetable comprises hourly services between 8am and 6pm from Leeds to Sheffield, York, Bradford Forster Square, Skipton and Ilkley.

  • Transport Secretary claims unions walked out of talks

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has claimed that unions "walked out" of strike talks earlier this afternoon, in a statement in parliament. "The unions are in daily talks with the employers," he said, adding: "Or at least they were until they walked out an hour ago to go and hold a press conference saying that the strikes would be on." However, Labour accused Mr Shapps of failing to engage in talks himself while refusing to give Network Rail a mandate to negotiate on pay - making talks pointless. RMT leader Mick Lynch a short time ago accused Mr Shapps of "fabricating" stories about the unions.

  • CrossCountry Managing Director strongly advises customers to "avoid travelling by rail "

    CrossCountry Trains have confirmed there will be a limited service in place between 7.30am and 6.30pm on strike days. Birmingham to North East and Scotland will have one train per hour between Birmingham and York (via Leeds) with four trains per day extended to Edinburgh.​ Tom Joyner, Managing Director at CrossCountry said: “We are of course disappointed by this unnecessary action and are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause. We are working with industry partners to offer the best service possible despite the actions of the RMT. We remain open to speaking with union colleagues to reach a compromise. However, if the strike goes ahead it will cause significant disruption. “We strongly advise passengers to avoid travelling by rail wherever possible during this time and make alternative arrangements. If travel by train is essential, we urge customers to allow significant extra time and check their journey details in advance.”

  • Hull Trains will not serve Hull on Tuesday

    Hull Trains have announced they will only be operating between Doncaster and London King’s Cross on Tuesday 21st June. Customers with existing tickets for travel on 21st, 23rd or 25th June can get in touch to change their travel date 7 days either side of your original booked date. Alternatively, customers can claim a full refund if they do not wish to travel.

  • Grand Central trains to run a reduced service on Tuesday

    On RMT strike days Tuesday 21st June, Thursday 23rd June & Saturday 25th June, Gran Central plan to run a reduced service on both their routes. Reservations are compulsory on these days and customers without reservations will not be permitted to board.  On Tuesday 21st trains departing London Kings Cross heading for York will leave at 11:24, 12:56 and 14:24. Trains departing York heading for London Kings Cross will leave at 08:23, 10:28, 11:43. If your journey is disrupted on a strike day, you can travel the day before or after with any valid Grand Central ticket, and you can change your travel plans or request a refund fee free

  • National Express coaches seeing spike in demand ahead of rail strike

    With the rail strike starting tomorrow, coach service National Express says it has seen a huge uptick in bookings as people try to get around. It said it was 65% sold out across the network and anticipate this to hit more than 85%, with seats still selling fast. A spokesman said: "We have seen a significant increase in both enquiries and bookings for travel on our UK-wide scheduled network on and around the dates of the strikes." "We are working hard to increase availability where we can but it is not possible to match the demand of the rail network and there are only limited seats still available," they added. "We do expect and are prepared to be busy but also recommend that customers allow plenty of time when planning their journey." Uber also said there is "significant" demand for its service, adding that drivers have been informed so it can bulk out its services. However, prices will likely surge in line with demand.

  • Passengers should 'plan ahead', Network Rail warns

    In response to the RMT announcement, Andrew Haines, the Network Rail chief executive, said: "No strike is inevitable until the moment it begins, but sadly disruption tomorrow is guaranteed so we're asking passengers to plan ahead and only travel by train if necessary. "We continue to talk to the RMT and urge them to work with us to find a solution that works for rail workers and taxpayers, and avoids causing further disruption for our passengers."

  • Strikes to go ahead tomorrow

    The RMT has said last-ditch talks to avert strike action have failed, and that industrial action will go ahead tomorrow.

  • Rail strikes have 'huge potential to cause chaos' for students sitting exams

    Jessica Pinkett, head of youth insights at Student Beans, said the strikes have "huge potential to cause chaos for students nationwide". "With two days of industrial action, and the rest of the week plagued with delays and cancellations, there is concern that some students may miss A-level and GCSE exams if cancellations and delays occur on their journey," she said. "Our concern is that many students will not be able to attend school as a result of the strikes resulting in some missing important exams which may leave them at an unfair advantage, and students deserve reassurance that their will be special consideration for these cases where students are unable to travel to the exam hall." Ayo, an 18-year-old A-level student in Birmingham, said his usual route is now just a single train with a single carriage each hour and he fears he may not be able to get on if it is too busy. "I 100% feel we students should get special consideration because we'd have to wake up extremely early to catch a bus that we've never caught before so we're all on edge and are unable to concentrate and revise in the morning for the exams," he said. "And it's just plainly unfair because the lack of sleep due to waking up early may affect us in our exams."

  • Welcome to the live blog

    We'll be keeping you updated throughout the day and week on the rail strike that will be affecting York and Hull stations, with many trains being cancelled and delayed throughout the week.

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