Check your train as some of the busiest rail routes are not running today

Rail services on some of the country’s busiest commuter routes will be halted on Tuesday due to a new strike by drivers in a nearly two-year pay dispute. Aslef members from operators, including those running services to London such as Southern, Southeastern and South Western Railway, will walk out for the day.

The strikes will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at various operators, while drivers are also banning overtime until Saturday, which is also causing disruption. Passengers are being urged to check before attempting to travel by train this week.

The dispute is now the longest in the rail industry. There is a glimmer of hope that negotiations will begin in a bid to resolve the dispute after the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) invited Aslef to discuss exploring any common ground that could break the impasse.

There have been no formal talks between the operators and the union for a year or more involving a transport minister. Business groups have warned of the impact on the economy of the strikes, particularly for hospitality firms.

Muniya Barua, deputy chief executive at BusinessLDN, said: “Another round of industrial action on the rail network will cause disruption for businesses and commuters up and down the country. Against a backdrop of weak economic growth and as we head into a crucial summer trading period for retail, leisure and hospitality firms, we urge all parties to work together to resolve these long-standing discussions and keep the city moving. The impact of these layoffs will be felt even more acutely by many, thanks to a shorter work week.”

Train drivers will strike on the following days:

– Tuesday 7 May: c2c, Greater Anglia, GTR’s Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern (including Gatwick Express), Southeastern and South Western Railway.

– Wednesday 8 May: Avanti West Coast, London Northwestern Railway, Chiltern, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, GWR and West Midlands Trains.

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