Written by Amy Beecham
Everything you need to know about the planned walkouts taking place across the UK today, and which services will be affected.
Following months of transport disruption, rail strikes are set to continue again across the country as part of the ongoing row over workers’ pay, jobs and conditions.
Throughout October, thousands of passengers faced three major strike days: Saturday 1 October, Wednesday 5th and Saturday 8th.
Today (8 October), more than 40,000 workers from Network Rail and 15 train operators will strike again, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has confirmed, “effectively shutting down the railway network”.
The action comes in response to thousands of jobs being cut across the rail networks and workers facing below-inflation pay rises, and it is expected to disrupt vital transport services across the October weekend.
How will rail services be impacted by the strikes?
Network Rail has warned passengers to expect very significant disruption and only travel if absolutely necessary. It added that full timetables for upcoming strike days would be published soon.
Other train operators have warned that services could be crowded and disrupted as passengers switch to alternative services. Most have advised to only travel if necessary on strike days.
How will London Underground services be impacted by the strikes?
The tube and TfL services are not involved in this particular strike, but their services will be busier as a result of people seeking alternative routes.
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