Milton Keynes passengers told to only travel if ‘absolutely necessary’ with more strike action set to take place

    Milton Keynes commuters are set to be hit with more disruption this week as more train strikes are set to take place.

    Further strike action, over pay and modernisation plans, is set to take place on Thursday 18th and Saturday 20th August.

    Only a fifth of trains are set to be running as by RMT and TSSA union workers walk out.

    Network Rail state that some routes will see no trains running, with others only seeing 20% of the usual number of trains available.

    Passengers are being told to only travel if absolutely necessary.

    Tim Shoveller, Network Rail’s North West and Central region managing director, said: “It saddens me that we are again having to ask passengers to stay away from the railway for two days this week due to unnecessary strike action, when we should be helping them enjoy their summers.

    "We have made a good and fair pay offer but, with the exception of our TSSA management grades who accepted the deal, our unions are refusing to put it to a ballot to let our employees have a say, and sadly that means more disruption on the rail network.

    “We’ll run as many services as we can this Thursday and Saturday, but it will only be around a fifth of the usual timetable, so please only travel if absolutely necessary and if you must travel, plan ahead and check when your last train will be.”

    More information can be found on Network Rail's website.

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