Rail strikes during WTM called off but trains may still be affected

By Lisa James
Home » Rail strikes during WTM called off but trains may still be affected

The planned strikes by railway workers just before and during next week’s World Travel Market in London have been suspended – but Network Rail is warning train services on day one of the show may still be affected.

Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members had been due to strike on Saturday 5, Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 November.

WTM London takes place from Monday 7-Wednesday 9 November at ExCeL, Docklands.

The RMT said it has agreed to ‘enter into a period of intensive negotiations with Network Rail and the train operating companies’ instead.

But RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch warned a re-ballot for further strikes will conclude on 15 November if talks don’t reach agreement.

Although the strikes have been called off, Network Rail said services on Saturday and Monday may be ‘limited’ and advised people ‘to check before you travel on Saturday and Monday and only travel by rail if absolutely necessary’.

Chief Negotiator Tim Shoveller said: “It’s welcome news that the RMT has called off its strikes but the very late notice means that services for tomorrow cannot be reinstated and will remain extremely limited, and while we, and our train company partners, will work without pause over the weekend, there will be limited ability to change the ‘strike timetable’ for Monday.”

A strike planned by London Underground workers for 10 November, the day after WTM, is still going ahead.

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