The country is bracing for more rail strikes as Network Rail staff cross England, Scotland and Wales.
The first round of strikes were the biggest rail strikes in 30 years, and rail passengers faced greater misery following the record-breaking heatwave in the UK, which also caused rail disruption .
Strikes are scheduled for August 18, where around 40,000 rail workers and RMT union members will hold the first of two strike days, with the second taking place on August 20, when TSSA members will also strike.
The RMT union is also going on strike on London Underground and London Underground lines on Friday August 19 over pension and wage disputes.
So if you were planning on traveling this week, the big question might be… Is your train actually running?
Here’s how to find the latest updates on your service.
How to check if your train has been canceled
Network Rail has warned that only 20% of services will run during the upcoming strikes, and there are several ways to check your journey.
Initially, you can type in the service you are looking for on the National Rail website.
This website displays information on train services across the country.
If you search for the journey you want to take, it will tell you if it is actually running and at what time – or if there are no services available at the time you want to travel, it will not tell you will return nothing.
The website also has a list of disruptions affecting each train provider in the UK, which you can find here.
You can also check tube status on the Transport for London website if you need to take a Tube journey.
Why do strikes take place?
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Network Rail’s offer represents a real pay cut for our members and the pittance is conditional on RMT members accepting drastic changes to their working lives. “
“We have made progress on forced layoffs. But Network Rail always seeks to impoverish our members when we have earned in some cases double what they offer, with other rail operators.
“Railway operating companies remain stubborn and refuse to make any new offers that address job security and compensation.”
“The strike is the only avenue open to us to impress on both the rail industry and the government that this dispute will continue for as long as it takes, until we achieve a negotiated settlement. .”
‘The public who will be inconvenienced by our strike action must understand that it is the Government’s chaining of Network Rail and TOCs which means the rail network will be closed for 24 hours.’
“We remain open to further discussions.”
Earlier this year, the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, tweeted: “@RMTunion creating more misery for passengers shows they intend to cause maximum disruption and are not serious about talks with industry.”
“Modernizing our rail industry is an absolute necessity for the benefit of all, and that will not change.”
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