Rail strikes to paralyze network AGAIN for two weekends – as rugby fans warned not to travel

Rail strikes will again bring the network to a standstill over the next two weekends as rugby fans traveling to Twickenham and Cardiff are warned not to travel by train.

Drivers from 11 railway companies, part of the Aslef union, walk out on November 26 in a long-running wage dispute that will once again hold back passengers.

Train companies have informed passengers that some services will be severely disrupted and some will not run at all as a winter of discontent looms amid massive strikes across the UK.

In addition to railway workers, bus drivers, postmen, nurses, civil servants and even Asda staff will also go on strike in the coming months.

The rail strike will affect the following train operators: Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; Cross Country; East Midlands Railway; Great Western Railway; Great Anglia; London North Eastern Railway; Northern trains; Southeastern; Transpennine Express and West Midlands trains.

Rugby fans will be hardest hit as they will be forced to look for alternative ways to reach England v South Africa at Twickenham and Cardiff for Wales v Australia Autumn International match.

The disruption is expected to spill over on Sunday, November 27, before disgruntled workers return.

Drivers from 11 railway companies, part of the Aslef union, walk out on November 26 in a long-running wage dispute that will once again hold back passengers.  Pictured: Aslef strikes in October

Drivers from 11 railway companies, part of the Aslef union, walk out on November 26 in a long-running wage dispute that will once again hold back passengers. Pictured: Aslef strikes in October

Rugby fans will be hardest hit as they will be forced to look for alternative ways to reach England v South Africa at Twickenham.  Pictured: England v Japan last weekend at Twickenham

Rugby fans will be hardest hit as they will be forced to look for alternative ways to reach England v South Africa at Twickenham. Pictured: England v Japan last weekend at Twickenham

Those traveling to Cardiff for the Wales - Australia Autumn International match will also be hard hit.  Pictured: Wales v New Zealand last weekend at Principality Stadium

Those traveling to Cardiff for the Wales – Australia Autumn International match will also be hard hit. Pictured: Wales v New Zealand last weekend at Principality Stadium

But before the chaos unfolds, Avanti West Coast this Sunday strongly advised customers to check for further strike action by RMT members who work as train managers before traveling.

A significantly reduced timetable is operated, with fewer services during limited hours.

On Sundays, the intercity operator will run one train per hour from London Euston to Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool, with services to Liverpool via the West Midlands (including calls at Coventry, Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton) due to planned upgrade work by Network Rail between Rugby and Stafford.

The rail strike will affect the following train operators: Avanti West Coast;  Chiltern Railways;  Cross Country;  East Midlands Railway;  Great Western Railway (photo);  Great Anglia;  London North Eastern Railway;  Northern trains;  Southeastern;  Transpennine Express and West Midlands trains

The rail strike will affect the following train operators: Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; Cross Country; East Midlands Railway; Great Western Railway (photo); Great Anglia; London North Eastern Railway; Northern trains; Southeastern; Transpennine Express and West Midlands trains

This Sunday, Avanti West Coast strongly advised customers to check before traveling for further strike action from RMT members (pictured in October) who work as train managers

This Sunday, Avanti West Coast strongly advised customers to check before traveling for further strike action from RMT members (pictured in October) who work as train managers

It comes as a winter of discontent looms with bus drivers, postmen, nurses, civil servants and even Asda staff due to strike before Christmas

Who will strike and when?

Officials: About 100,000 civil servants have voted for a national strike over wages, pensions and jobs, the PCS union has announced. The union said the action will start in mid-December and last for a month.

Nurses: The strikes are expected to begin in early December and could take place on two dates, possibly a Tuesday and a Thursday. They could last until early May 2023. They have given the government five days to open “detailed negotiations” on wages, or they are announcing strike dates for December.

Bus drivers: The workers will strike on November 22, 25 and 26 and on December 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.

Railway workers: Drivers will strike two weekends in a row. RMT will strike on Sunday 20 November. Meanwhile, Aslef will strike on Saturday 26 November, affecting rugby fans going to Twickenham and Cardiff. Members of the RMT have voted to continue industrial action for another six months. They will also strike on December 11 and 12.

Postmen: Conduct nationwide strikes on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, and Wednesday, November 30, and on December 23 and 24, in addition to December 1, 9, 11, 14, and 15.

Due to limited hours, the first train of the day departs Euston just after 08:00 and the last train of the day departs Euston mid-afternoon, around 16:30.

The major upgrade work will also mean services to some destinations will have longer journey times as trains are diverted.

Due to limited travel options, fans attending the Comic Con event in Liverpool are advised to find other ways to get there.

North Wales, Shrewsbury, Chester, Blackpool and Edinburgh will not have Avanti West Coast services as timetables have been significantly reduced.

With fewer services running during shorter operating hours, trains are expected to be overcrowded and customers are strongly advised to check prior to departure, including the details of their last train home.

Members of the RMT at the Thames Valley Signaling Center in Didcot went on strike on Saturday and Monday over the dismissal of one of the local officials.

A spokesman said: ‘We don’t want to disturb passengers, but employers need to follow proper procedures and our members believe that has not happened in this case.

“The union is also considering its options, including legal action, and will not comment further.”

Passengers traveling between Penzance and London Paddington were warned to expect disruption, with a reduced service on many parts of the western route between 07:30 and 18:30, with the last trains departing much earlier.

GWR passengers traveling from the West and South West attending the England v New Zealand international rugby match at Twickenham are told not to travel by train.

Rugby fans attending the Wales v Georgia match in Cardiff who wish to return to Bristol and other parts of the West and South of England are advised to do so immediately after the match.

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