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Operators warn against all but essential travel as strikes loom




Passengers
are
being
warned
by
Network
Rail
and
train
operators
not
to
attempt
to
go
by
train
tomorrow,
which
is
the
first 
of
several
strike
days
during
early
October.



Tomorrow
will
see
stoppages
called
by
the
RMT,
ASLEF
and
TSSA,
and
the
joint
effect
will
come
near
to
closing
the 
network
in
England.
Walkouts
by
Network
Rail
signallers
will
also
mean
serious
disruption
in
Scotland
and
Wales.



Network
Rail
has
estimated
that
about
11
per
cent
of
usual
services
will
be
able
to
run.
Manchester
Piccadilly,
Liverpool 
Lime
Street,
Birmingham
New
Street
and
London
Euston
will
be
among
many
stations
which
will
be
closed.
Caledonian 
Sleeper
services
will
also
be
affected,
but
trains
are
expected
to
run
between
the
central
belt
and
London.



A
second
strike
of
ASLEF
drivers
has
been
called
for
Wednesday.
Birmingham
New
Street
and
London
Euston
will
both 
be
closed,
while
Liverpool
Lime
Street
will
only
be
open
for
Chester
services.
Only
very
limited
services
will
be
running
from  
Manchester
Piccadilly.



A
third
strike,
of
40,000
RMT
staff,
will
be
staged
on
the
following
Saturday,
8
October.
Trains
will
run
on
main 
routes,
but
there
will
be
fewer
than
usual.
Last
trains
will
depart
between
15.00
and
17.00.



A
further
RMT
strike
on
ScotRail
only
has
also
been
called
for
10
October.



Network
Rail’s
North
West
and
Central
region
managing
director
Tim
Shoveller
said:
‘Despite
our
best
efforts
to 
compromise
and
find
a
breakthrough
in
talks,
rail
unions
remain
intent
on
continuing
and
coordinating
their
strike
action.



‘This
serves
only
to
ensure
our
staff
forgo
even
more
of
their
pay
unnecessarily,
as
well
as
causing
even
more
disruption
for 
our
passengers
and
further
damaging
the
railway’s
recovery
from
the
pandemic.



‘Passengers
who
want
to
travel
this
Saturday,
and
indeed
next
Wednesday
and
next
Saturday,
are
asked
only
to
do
so
if 
absolutely
necessary.
Those
who
must
travel
should
expect
disruption
and
make
sure
they
check
when
their
last
train
will 
depart.’



There
have
been
talks
between
the
government
and
union
leaders
since
new
transport
secretary
Anne-Marie
Trevelyan
was 
appointed
as
the
replacement
for
Grant
Shapps
in
early
September,
but
without
apparent
effect.



RMT
general
secretary
Mick
Lynch
said
that
it
was
‘encouraging’
that
Anne-Marie
Trevelyan
had
met
the
union.



He
continued:
‘We
welcome
this
more
positive
approach
from
the
government
to
engage
with
us
as
a
first
step
to
finding
a
suitable
settlement.
However,
as
no
new
offer
has
been
tabled,
our
members
have
no
choice
but
to
continue.’



There
is
likely
to
be
some
disruption
in
the
early
morning
of
the
day
after
each
strike,
Sunday
2
October,
Thursday
October
and
Sunday
9
October,
as
the
network
returns
to
normal.

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