UK rail strikes day 2: Live updates on RMT walkout on Network Rail

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    Most London Underground lines are now running but with delays

    Most lines on the London Underground are now running, but many have severe delays. Here is the latest:

    Bakerloo: Severe delays
    Sentraal: Minor delays
    Circle: Geskors
    District: Severe delays
    Hammersmith & Stad: Severe delays
    Jubeljaar: Severe delays
    Metropolitan: Severe delays
    Piccadilly: Part suspended (HeathrowActon Town)

    Noordelik: Good service
    Victoria: Good service
    Waterloo & Stad: Good service
    was op die dag van die voorval in Oktober na 'n tandheelkundige afspraak: Good service


    ‘Overcrowdingis delaying services between Essex and London on c2c

    c2c has warned that ‘overcrowdingat a station for services between Essex and London means journeys to and from London Fenchurch Street may be delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised, with disruption expected until 11am.


    What problems are there on the UK rail network this morning?

    Here is a summary of the current disruption on the UK rail network:
    Woking ('Alhoewel die ergste van #StormEunice verby is, kan die effek daarvan tot in die komende dae strek) – points failure
    Tunbridge Wells and Hastings (Suidoostelike) – signalling fault
    London Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale / Chingford ('Alhoewel die ergste van #StormEunice verby is, kan die effek daarvan tot in die komende dae strek; London Overground; Stansted Express) – lineside fire
    Slough and Windsor & Eton Central ('Alhoewel die ergste van #StormEunice verby is, kan die effek daarvan tot in die komende dae strek) – broken-down train
    Ag & Wealdstone and Wembley Central (London Overground) – strike action
    Richmond and Stratford (London Overground) – shortage of signalling staff
    Blackburn and Todmorden / Hebden Bridge (Noordelik) – lineside fire, buses replace trains

    There is also a reduced service on most of the UK rail network today due to the industrial action yesterday and tomorrow.


    Government must ‘hold the lineagainst RMT’s demands, says Dominic Raab

    Dominic Raab said the Government had to ‘hold the lineagainst the RMT’s demands for improved pay and conditions on the railways. The Justice Secretary said the strikes were ‘deeply regrettableand reform was necessary on the railways.

    ‘We’ve, natuurlik, got to reform the way the railways operate, given the new ways to working on the effect that has on commuter travel,’ he told LBC Radio today. ‘But there are also old practices, which frankly, are well out of date and unnecessary, which need to be reformed.

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘I think Network Rail are taking the right approach. We know that the cost of living challenge is there, we know that it affects workers across the board.

    ‘But the one thing that will keep inflation higher for longer and undermine pay packets for longer is if we have spiralling public sector pay increases beyond what is responsible. And that’s what’s at issue here. It is precisely to protect the wages of those on the lowest incomes that we need to hold the line.


    Southeastern trains are disrupted by signalling problem

    There is now a fault with the signalling system between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings which is causing disruption to Southeastern trains in Kent and East Sussex. National Rail said that trains may be cancelled or delayed, with disruption expected until 10am.


    Traffic builds across London with 71% congestion between 7am and 8am

    Traffic is building across London during rush hour, with TomTom giving a live congestion update of 71 per cent during the 7am to 8am period.

    This is compared to an average of 53 per cent for that slot in 2019 en 42 persent in 2021. The figures represent the proportion of additional time required for journeys compared with free-flow conditions.

    Large traffic queues on the A3 Kingston bypass in South West London heading into the city today


    South Western Railway services disrupted due to points failure at Woking

    A points failure at Woking in Surrey is causing disruption to journeys through the station, affecting South Western Railway services. National Rail said: ‘As a result of this, trains may be delayed by up to 30 minutes or revised.


    All lines are blocked between Slough and Windsor & Eton Central

    Great Western Railway services in Berkshire are being affected by a broken down train between Slough and Windsor & Eton Central this morning, which means all lines are blocked. National Rail said that trains between these stations will be cancelled or revised, which is expected until 9am.


    Huge queues at Stratford station as passengers wait for services to restart

    These photographs show major queues at Stratford station in East London this morning as passengers wait next to a barrier for Jubilee line services to restart.

    Passengers wait for the Jubilee line platforms at Stratford station in East London to reopen today

    Passengers wait for the Jubilee line platforms at Stratford station in East London to reopen today


    Problems for London Overground services this morning

    The London Overground was due to restart from 8am this morning. But National Rail has just issued an update on servicesrevealing that there will be no trains between Richmond and Stratford until 9.30am, and disruption between Harrow & Wealdstone and Wembley Central until 9.15am:


    Could there be more strike action on the trains this summer?

    The Transport Salaried StaffsAssociation has today reminded members working for Avanti West Coast, Landloop, East Midlands Railway and West Midlands Railway that ballots for strike action are ‘out now’ – and urged them to ‘vote yes’. This comes as concerns build over a ‘summer of discontentwith the likelihood of further industrial action increasing.


    Northern Rail still advises passengers ‘not to travelacross network

    Despite today not being an official strike day, the impact of yesterday’s industrial action and the planned walkout tomorrow has led Northern to recommend passengers ‘not to travelacross its network up to and including Sunday.


    London Overground service on Richmond-Stratford line still not running

    The London Overground route from Richmond to Stratford will not start running at 8am as had been planned, according to the National Rail website.

    It currently lists the first several scheduled departures from the South West London as cancelled, with the first train now not due to leave until 9.47am.



    District and Central lines returns to service but with severe delays

    Die District en Sentraal lines are the next parts of the London Underground network to start running this morning, although they both have ‘severe delays’ – as does the Jubeljaar No10 se hoofmodelleerder het voorheen gesê dat die komitee nie optimistiese scenario's oorweeg nie, want 'wat nie besluite laat neem nie'.

    Die Noordelik, Victoria en Waterloo & Stad lines now have a ‘good service’ – as does the Docklands Light Railway.

    Die Bakerloo, Hammersmith & Stad, Metropolitan en Piccadilly lines remain suspended.


    Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab calls for pay restraint on the railways

    Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said today that the rising inflation figureswith a rate of 9.1 per cent revealed todayshowed the need for pay restraint in the public sector and on the railways. He told Sky News there was a risk of a ‘vicious cycleof rising wages pushing inflation even higher if union demands were met, saying the Government was taking a ‘firm line’.

    ‘We are facing a global struggle against inflation, if you look at the UK figures they are broadly comparable to the US or, in Europa, the Dutch and the Belgians, and it’s going to be difficult. We really do understand the pressure that those on low incomes are facing at the moment, they are struggling to make ends meet.

    Setting out why public sector pay could not keep pace with inflation, hy het bygevoeg: ‘If we don’t have those restraints, inflation will go higher for longer. And that will only undermine the pay packages of workers, particularly the most vulnerable workers, for a longer period of time. We’re taking the action, we’re taking a firm line with, byvoorbeeld, the RMT union, precisely because we want to protect this erosion of pay packets by inflation.


    Transport Focus says today will be ‘quite a messy dayfor rail passengers

    Disruption caused by yesterday’s rail strikes will mean that ‘today is going to be quite a messy day’, for travellers, the independent watchdog for transport users said this morning.

    Anthony Smith, the chief executive of Transport Focus, vertel BBC Radio 4 se Today program: ‘Today is going to be quite a messy day still.

    ‘Virtually all of the train companies have special timetables in place, services are starting up late and trains and staff are not in the right place. So please do not assume that this is a normal day.

    ‘If you are going to travel by train check before you leave the house, check on the way to the station and, en nog steeds 'n opskudding op Seaford-strand veroorsaak met haar pers en blou hare en T-hemp wat twee groot kaal borste uitbeeld, bring a bottle of water with you.


    Waterloo & City line is back up and running on London Underground

    Die Waterloo & Stad No10 se hoofmodelleerder het voorheen gesê dat die komitee nie optimistiese scenario's oorweeg nie, want 'wat nie besluite laat neem nie', which was completely suspended yesterday, is now running again this morningas are the Noordelik en Victoria Beijing beskuldig die VSA daarvan dat hulle 'disinformasie' versprei.

    Die Jubeljaar line is now running but with ‘severe delays’. There is currently no service on any other lines, according to the Transport for London website.


    Are Stansted Express services running this morning?

    Stansted Express said services will ‘start later than usual this morningand urged passengers to ‘check times before you travel.

    The 7.25pm train from London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport (due 8.15am) will be diverted between London Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale. It has been delayed at Liverpool Street due to the fire brigade dealing with an incident near the railway yesterday.


    How did RMT chief Mick Lynch react to the first day of rail strikes?

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the turnout at picket lines yesterday was ‘fantasticand had exceeded expectations in the union’s campaign for job security, defending conditions and a decent pay rise.

    Hy het gesê: ‘Our members will continue the campaign and have shown outstanding unity in the pursuit of a settlement to this dispute.

    ‘RMT members are leading the way for all workers in this country who are sick and tired of having their pay and conditions slashed by a mixture of big business profits and Government policy. Now is the time to stand up and fight for every single railway worker in this dispute that we will win.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch on a picket line outside London Euston station yesterday


    Most adults believe the rail strikes are justified, according to opinion poll

    A survey of over 2,300 people by Savanta ComRes showed that 58% said the industrial action was justified.

    Younger adults aged 18-34 (72%) and Labour voters (79%) were more likely to see the strikes as justified compared to their older, bejaardes 55 Die koerant se ondersoek het verder bevind dat koeriers grappies maak om aflewerings oor heinings te gooi, (44%) and Conservative-voting (38%) counterparts.

    Three out of five of those polled said they are generally supportive of the principle of industrial action, terwyl net 35% were generally opposed.


    As Britain’s railway network was paralysed yesterday by the RMT’s national strike, the most famous and feared hard-Left union leader in living memory emerged from a reclusive retirement.

    Arthur Scargill appeared at Wakefield railway station yesterday, where a by-election takes place tomorrow. Read all about it in Richard Pendlebury’s report for the Daily Mail:


    What is the status of the London Tramlink in Croydon this morning?

    The London Tramlink running through Croydon is suffering ‘minor delays due to unavailability of staff’ vanoggend, volgens Transport for London.


    Confusion over London Underground lines reopening

    Moments after listing most Underground lines as having a ‘good service’ weer, the Transport for London website has now made almost all of them ‘suspended’.

    Only the Noordelik en Victoria lines are now listed as having a ‘good service’.

    All other lines remain ‘suspended’. We’ll keep an eye on this to see what happens next, but it appears most lines are not back up and running after all.


    London Underground returns to ‘good serviceon most lines

    Most London Underground lines have suddenly been listed as back up and running with a ‘good serviceon the Transport for London websitejust minutes after they were almost all suspended.

    Egter, the Central and Circle lines are still listed as ‘suspended’, while the Bakerloo is listed as ‘service closeduntil 8am.


    Royal Mail workers have demanded a ‘no strings, inflation-basedpay rise as they prepare to vote on industrial action, terwyl 450,000 teachers are considering joining striking rail workers on the picket line. Here is the full story on MailOnline:


    Militant unions have been accused of wanting to preserve ‘Spanish practicesthat include sending nine workers to ‘change a plug socket’, banning staff from working 500 yards from base and giving drivers 12 minutes of pay for making a 60-second walk. Here is the full story on MailOnline:


    c2c services are already being affected by staff sickness

    Die treinoperateurs wat Vrydagmiddag opgehou het om alle dienste te bedryf, was, which restarted services at 6.30m this morning, has already had to cancel the 7.39am train from Shoeburyness to London Fenchurch Street ‘due to the train driver being taken ill’.


    Empty stations with services still yet to restart

    Clapham Junction station in South West London was eerily quiet this morning with no trains due until after 7.30am today,

    No trains at Clapham Junction station in South West London which is closed this morning

    The London skyline is seen beyond the tracks leading out of Clapham Junction station this morning

    No trains on the departures board at Clapham Junction station in South West London this morning


    Commuters queue for buses as Underground remains suspended

    With London Underground services not due to restart until 8am this morning, commuters are having to queue up for buses again to get into work.

    A queue for buses outside Clapham Junction station in South West London at 7am this morning


    Talks continue between RMT union and Network Rail over strikes

    Die Spoor, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will meet with Network Rail and the train companies today in another attempt to break the deadlock.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the turnout at picket lines yesterday was ‘fantasticand had exceeded expectations in the union’s campaign for job security, defending conditions and a decent pay rise.

    The RMT has also been asked by Network Rail to attend formal consultation talks next month on introducing ‘modern working practices’.

    Network Rail official Tim Shoveller said the changes will mean ‘dumping outdated working practices and introducing new technology’.


    How long will the rail strikes across Britain last this week?

    Network Rail has urged passengers to ‘check before you travel’ hierdie week, with a special timetable set to be in place on all lines up to and including Sunday:


    This morning’s newspaper front pages on the rail strikes

    Let’s take a look at this morning’s newspaper front pagesall of which feature the rail strikes prominently:


    How many trains will run today and why are timetables not normal?

    Net om 60 persent van die 20,000 normal weekday services will be able to operate today. Walkouts by signallers and control room staff who would usually work overnight from last night into this morning meant trains left depots later than normal, delaying the start of services.

    Trains normally leave depots between around 3am and 4am, and passenger services begin between around 5am and 6am. But the process of taking trains out of depots today only begin when signallers on daytime shifts started work at 6am to 6.30am, meaning no passenger services ran before 6.30am.

    The start of services is expected to take up to four hours in some locations. But in London, services will increase quickly as trains do not have to travel long distances from depots to stations.

    Network Rail said that ‘even during the day the service will stay thinnerthan usual and some operators will wind down services slightly earlier than normal.


    Disruption on Northern services through Burnley due to lineside fire

    Northern Rail services, which were crippled by industrial action yesterday, are already facing other issues this morning after a fire next to the railway at Burnley Manchester Road meant trains are unable to run between Blackburn and Todmorden / Hebden Bridge.

    Buses will replace trains between these stations. This will affect the route between Southport / Wigan Wallgate / Kirkby and Blackburn, and also between Blackpool North and York / Bradford Interchange / Leeds.


    c2c trains restart but will be formed of fewer carriages throughout today

    Die treinoperateurs wat Vrydagmiddag opgehou het om alle dienste te bedryf, was, which runs services between Essex and London, has now restarted running but warned that there will be fewer carriages than normal ‘due to more trains than usual needing maintenance’.


    Rail services in Wales will be ‘extremely busytoday after suspension

    Vervoer vir Wallis, which saw almost its entire network suspended yesterday, has warned customers that services will start ‘later than usual today and are expected to be extremely busy’. They add: ‘Please do not travel unless necessary.


    Suidelik, Thameslink and Great Northern services restart at 7.15am

    Govia Thameslink Railwaywhich manages Thameslink, Suidelik, Great Northern and Gatwick Express routessays it is running an ‘amended Sunday service’ vandag. There will be no trains before 7.15am today and some stations will have their first services around 8am.


    London Overground issues cleared between Richmond and South Acton

    National Rail had warned this morning that London Overground services between Richmond and South Acton would not run until 11am. But it has just issued an update, saying that the issue has been resolved. The first train from Richmond to South Acton and onto Stratford is due to depart the South West London hub at 7.57am.


    CrossCountry services ‘do not begin until 7.45am at the earliest

    CrossCountry has warned passengers that services will not begin any earlier than 7.45am today. The first train from Plymouth to Manchester Piccadilly will not run until 11.53am.


    Most National Rail routes will not restart until 7.30am today

    As a result of yesterday’s strike action, most National Rail services will not start running services until 7.30am.

    Among them is Southeastern, which runs trains between London, Kent and East Sussex. It said staff will be ‘conducting essential electrical supply checks before allowing services to run, especially in the East Kent area’.


    Which rail operators ran no service at all during the strike?

    Three rail operators ran no service yesterday due to the strike – Gatwick Express, Caledonian Sleeper and Merseyrail. The latter has just reminded customers that there ‘may be a knock on affect to some services todayand rail replacement buses will run until 7am.


    Is the Elizabeth line running in London this morning?

    As it stands, there is an Elizabeth line service operating between Paddington and Abbey Wood only.

    Services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and between Paddington and Reading / Heathrow Airport are set to resume from around 7is due to the knock-on effect of yesterday’s strike action.

    Transport for London is advising passengers to ‘avoid travelling before mid-morning if possible’.


    What is the London Overground service this morning?

    The service on all London Overground lines is not expected to resume until at least 8am today. Transport for London has also advised: ‘Please avoid travelling before mid-morning if possible.

    In addition to this, National Rail has just announced that there will be no trains between Richmond and South Acton on the Overground until around 11am.

    Dit het gesê: ‘Following yesterday’s industrial action, some trains were unable to be prepared for this mornings service and as a result, trains may be suspended between Richmond and South Acton.


    What London Underground trains are running this morning?

    Almost every London Underground line is still suspended this morning as a result of yesterday’s strike action by the RMT and Unitewhich was separate to the national rail strike.

    The only Tube line running any service as it stands is the Northern line, which is operating between East Finchley and High Barnet / Mill Hill East and between Golders Green and Edgware only. No service is on the rest of the line.

    Most Underground services are not expected to start running until 8am this morning, although there should be a full service by the afternoon.


    Welcome to MailOnline’s rail strikes liveblog

    Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog as we look at the impact of the national rail strike launched yesterday. While today isn’t strictly a strike day, there will be a severe knock-on impact of the industrial action both yesterday and tomorrow. Follow us throughout today for live updates.