New rail strike to take place on 27 July across Britain

Everything you need to know about the next rail strike.

Railway workers are set to stage a one-day walkout on 27 July 2022 as part of an ongoing dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

It comes just weeks after the UK saw the biggest national rail strike in 50 years.

Thousands of Network rail workers walked out during strike action in June, causing major disruption for millions of commuters.

Earlier this week, the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) were offered a 5% pay rise, heavily discounted travel and huge monthly cash bonuses by Network Rail in a desparate attempt to prevent further strikes.

Declining this offer, members of the union described it as “paltry” and declared they would be consulting other unions with mandates for further strike action in the coming days.

Members of the drivers’ union Aslef and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) have agreed to industrial action in recent days. If members of the Aslef union go ahead with the walkout, it would mean that as little as 1 in 10 trains would run on chosen strike days.

At the end of July, ballots will close for strike action at CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast and Direct Rail Services.

Here’s what you need to know:

On Wednesday 13 July 2022, it was announced that Network Rail and RMT staff will next strike on July 27 for 24 hours.

Arriva Rail London, Chiltern Railways, Great Western, LNER, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains will all be affected by the upcoming Aslef strikes.

The strike is expected to include over 40,000 workers – roughly 20,000 from Network Rail, including signalling and track maintenance workers, and the remainder from 14 train operating companies.

More information regarding altered timetables and cancellations will be shared in due course and can be found on the Network Rail website.

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Feature image: Leeds City Railway Station

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