Rail commuters in Greater Manchester face further chaos as train drivers’ strike continues

Rail commuters in Greater Manchester face further chaos and cancellations this week as the train drivers’ strike continues.

Rail services on some of the country’s busiest commuter routes will be halted today – Tuesday – due to a fresh strike by drivers in a nearly two-year pay dispute.

Strikes will affect routes across Greater Manchester later this week, with Avanti West Coast drivers taking action on Wednesday and Northern and TransPennine Express on Thursday.

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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.

An Aslef picket line(Image: PA)

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.

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