Train strikes 2022 LIVE: Brits face HUGE delays as travel chaos continues after 24hr strike & weekend walkout planned | The Sun

TRAVEL misery is set to continue today as Network Rail clears a huge backlog brought on by yesterday's crippling 24 hour strike.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Network Rail and 14 train companies walked out on Wednesday in a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

Services will be affected this morning, threatening disruption to people travelling to Birmingham for the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

Talks are expected to resume on Thursday but there is little sign of the deadlock being broken.

And MORE strikes will be held on Saturday and next month by the RMT as well as members of the drivers' union Aslef and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association.

The Aslef union has announced another massive rail strike next month.

On August 13, nine rail groups will walk out over pay disagreements.

Read our travel delays live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • henry moore

    No trains in Cornwall yesterday

    As Britains rail services are once again crippled by strike action, only 1 in 5 trains are running today.

    Cornwall has seemingly been hit hard by these strikes, with Great Western Rail warning that no rail services will operate on “all lines in Cornwall”.

    Services should return to normal tomorrow, however, these strikes have been known to cause delays even after they are complete.

  • henry moore

    Could there be a general strike?

    As travel chaos continues to ravage the UK, RMT union boss Mike lynch as warned of a general strike if issues are not resolved.

    It came after Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss said she would impose strike restrictions on rail workers to keep Britain moving.

    In an impassioned speech the trade unionist said: “If these proposals become law, there will be the biggest resistance mounted by the entire trade union movement, rivalling the general strike of 1926.”

    He added that two-week rail staff walkouts may follow this year “if we don’t get the deal we need”.

  • henry moore

    Transport for London reviewing long-term funding settlement

    Transport for London (TfL) says it is reviewing a draft proposal from the Government for a long-term funding settlement.

    TfL has been operating on a series of emergency short-term funding deals since falling into financial trouble during the pandemic.

    Andy Byford, London’s Transport Commissioner, said the long-term funding – if agreed – would provide much-needed certainty for those in the nation’s capital.

    He said: “Since keeping London moving through the darkest periods of the pandemic we have been making the case to Government that there can be no UK recovery without a London recovery and that there can be no London recovery without a properly funded transport network.

    “We are grateful for the support we have received so far, and maintain we have met every condition that has been set by Government as we have worked towards agreeing a multi-year funding settlement that would give certainty to London and to the tens of thousands of jobs across the country that are directly linked to TfL.”

  • henry moore

    Labour MP sacked for joining strikes

    After defying Keir Starmer’s orders and joining the RMT picket line, Sam Tarry, a Labour frontbencher, has been sacked.

    Labour are traditionally the party of trade unions.

    A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The Labour Party will always stand up for working people fighting for better pay, terms and conditions at work.

    “This isn’t about appearing on a picket line. Members of the frontbench sign up to collective responsibility. That includes media appearances being approved and speaking to agreed frontbench positions.

    “As a government in waiting, any breach of collective responsibility is taken extremely seriously and for these reasons Sam Tarry has been removed from the frontbench.”

  • henry moore

    BREAKING NEWS: Rail unions to strike on August 13

    The Aslef union has announced another massive rail strike next month.

    On August 13, nine rail groups will walk out over pay disagreements.

    This is just one of dozens of rail strikes to take place this summer.

  • henry moore

    BA pilots threaten strike action

    More misery is on its way for Brits as British Airways pilots threaten strikes over pay.

    BA pilots were considering a ballot on strike action last night after bosses rejected demands for a new pay deal.

    Martin Chalk, Balpa general secretary, said: “We are in talks with British Airways and wish to persuade them that continuing deductions from our members’ pay is unwarranted.

    “We should actually be talking about pay increases given the inflationary scenario.

    “Unless BA is prepared to walk with us down that road then we will have to consult with members to consider our next actions.”

    A British Airways spokesman said: “We remain committed to continuing talks with the union.”

  • henry moore

    In pictures: Waterloo empty as 4/5 services are cancelled

    Waterloo station in London is un uncharacteristically sparse today, as RMT strikes force Britain’s rail network to a halt.

    The usual sight of the working masses travelling to and from work is nowhere to be seen, as 4/5 services are cancelled.

    Services are expected to return to normal tomorrow.

  • henry moore

    Last Edinburgh train leaves London

    According to Sky News, train services are already winding down for the day.

    In the last hour, both the services to Edinburgh and Manchester saw their final trains leave the capital.

    This comes as RMT strikes plunge Britain into travel chaos, as 40,000 workers stay at home.

  • henry moore

    What to expect on Thursday after the train strikes

    • Most services will run as normal
    • Services affected by the strike on Wednesday will operate a minimal service before 08:00 and restore a normal service by midday. These include:
      • London Overground
      • The Elizabeth line
      • District line – Wimbledon and Richmond branches
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        Why are rail workers striking?

        This summer has seen a slew of strikes grind Britain to a halt, but why are workers striking?

        RMT workers are demanding pay increases of at least 7%, in line with inflation.

        This comes as the cost of living crisis sees inflation rise across the entire country.

      • henry moore

        No trains in Cornwall today

        As Britains rail services are once again crippled by strike action, only 1 in 5 trains are running today.

        Cornwall has seemingly been hit hard by these strikes, with Great Western Rail warning that no rail services will operate on “all lines in Cornwall”.

        Services should return to normal tomorrow, however, these strikes have been known to cause delays even after they are complete.

      • henry moore

        Could there be a general strike?

        As travel chaos continues to ravage the UK, RMT union boss Mike lynch as warned of a general strike if issues are not resolved.

        It came after Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss said she would impose strike restrictions on rail workers to keep Britain moving.

        In an impassioned speech the trade unionist said: “If these proposals become law, there will be the biggest resistance mounted by the entire trade union movement, rivalling the general strike of 1926.”

        He added that two-week rail staff walkouts may follow this year “if we don’t get the deal we need”.

      • henry moore

        Transport for London reviewing long-term funding settlement

        Transport for London (TfL) says it is reviewing a draft proposal from the Government for a long-term funding settlement.

        TfL has been operating on a series of emergency short-term funding deals since falling into financial trouble during the pandemic.

        Andy Byford, London’s Transport Commissioner, said the long-term funding – if agreed – would provide much-needed certainty for those in the nation’s capital.

        He said: “Since keeping London moving through the darkest periods of the pandemic we have been making the case to Government that there can be no UK recovery without a London recovery and that there can be no London recovery without a properly funded transport network.

        “We are grateful for the support we have received so far, and maintain we have met every condition that has been set by Government as we have worked towards agreeing a multi-year funding settlement that would give certainty to London and to the tens of thousands of jobs across the country that are directly linked to TfL.”

      • henry moore

        Labour MP sacked for joining strikes

        After defying Keir Starmer's orders and joining the RMT picket line, Sam Tarry, a Labour frontbencher, has been sacked.

        Labour are traditionally the party of trade unions.

        A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The Labour Party will always stand up for working people fighting for better pay, terms and conditions at work.

        “This isn’t about appearing on a picket line. Members of the frontbench sign up to collective responsibility. That includes media appearances being approved and speaking to agreed frontbench positions.

        “As a government in waiting, any breach of collective responsibility is taken extremely seriously and for these reasons Sam Tarry has been removed from the frontbench.”

      • henry moore

        BREAKING NEWS: Rail unions to strike on August 13

        The Aslef union has announced another massive rail strike next month.

        On August 13, nine rail groups will walk out over pay disagreements.

        This is just one of dozens of rail strikes to take place this summer.

      • henry moore

        BA pilots threaten strike action

        More misery is on its way for Brits as British Airways pilots threaten strikes over pay.

        BA pilots were considering a ballot on strike action last night after bosses rejected demands for a new pay deal.

        Martin Chalk, Balpa general secretary, said: “We are in talks with British Airways and wish to persuade them that continuing deductions from our members’ pay is unwarranted.

        “We should actually be talking about pay increases given the inflationary scenario.

        “Unless BA is prepared to walk with us down that road then we will have to consult with members to consider our next actions.”

        A British Airways spokesman said: “We remain committed to continuing talks with the union.”

      • henry moore

        In pictures: Waterloo empty as 4/5 services are cancelled

        Waterloo station in London is un uncharacteristically sparse today, as RMT strikes force Britain's rail network to a halt.

        The usual sight of the working masses travelling to and from work is nowhere to be seen, as 4/5 services are cancelled.

        Services are expected to return to normal tomorrow.

        Matthew Chattle/Future Publishing via Getty Images
      • henry moore

        Last Edinburgh train leaves London

        According to Sky News, train services are already winding down for the day.

        In the last hour, both the services to Edinburgh and Manchester saw their final trains leave the capital.

        This comes as RMT strikes plunge Britain into travel chaos, as 40,000 workers stay at home.

      • henry moore

        What to expect on Thursday after the train strikes

        • Most services will run as normal
        • Services affected by the strike on Wednesday will operate a minimal service before 08:00 and restore a normal service by midday. These include:
          • London Overground
          • The Elizabeth line
          • District line – Wimbledon and Richmond branches

          Could there be a general strike?

          As travel chaos continues to ravage the UK, RMT union boss Mike lynch as warned of a general strike if issues are not resolved.

          It came after Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss said she would impose strike restrictions on rail workers to keep Britain moving.

          In an impassioned speech the trade unionist said: “If these proposals become law, there will be the biggest resistance mounted by the entire trade union movement, rivalling the general strike of 1926.”

          He added that two-week rail staff walkouts may follow this year “if we don’t get the deal we need”.

          Fans struggle to reach Euro 2022 women's semi final

          Tonight, Germany take on France for the chance to face England in the finals of the Women's European championship.

          But due to strikes, many will struggle to reach the match.

          Swedish football fans Rebecka Ronnegard, 26, and Felix Nystrom, 27,  hope to get to Milton Keynes for the Germany and France semi-final.

          But Ms Ronnegard, told the BBC: "There is a train to Birmingham where we can change to go to Milton Keynes so that's what we're hoping to do, that was our plan. But right now I feel like if we get to Birmingham we're lucky."

          She added: "I support the workers, I really do. It's just unlucky that it affects us. I support the workers and I hope they can come to an agreement."

          • henry moore

            London Underground workers to launch fresh strike

            TUBE workers are launching a fresh strike next month causing travel chaos for thousands.

            The London Underground staff are planning to walk out on August 19 in a row over jobs and pensions.

            The RMT announced the move today just weeks after a Tube strike crippled the capital.

            Employees were asked to stay home as London Underground effectively shut down.

          • henry moore

            Brit misses funeral due to strikes

            Jen, from Havant, Hants, was set to attend an uncles funeral today, but was unable to due to strikes.

            The 42-year-old told the PA news agency: "I would also like a pay rise in line with inflation but in reality that won't happen. I don't choose to mess around with people's lives because of it.

            "And it angers me when they say 'Oh, just work from home' or 'Just travel on a different day' because people don't 'only' travel for trivial reasons. I won't get this day back."

          • henry moore

            Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak promise to ban strike action if elected

            Both of the Conservative parties potential leaders have committed to banning public sector strike action if elected.

            This is an effort to prevent days such as today, where Brits' travel plans have been plunged into chaos as they are unable to use the rail.

            Critics of the policy point to strike action's achievements, such as the weekend and minimum wage.

          • henry moore

            No trains in Cornwall today

            As Britains rail services are once again crippled by strike action, only 1 in 5 trains are running today.

            Cornwall has seemingly been hit hard by these strikes, with Great Western Rail warning that no rail services will operate on "all lines in Cornwall".

            Services should return to normal tomorrow, however, these strikes have been known to cause delays even after they are complete.

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