People told to travel only if ‘absolutely necessary’ as Milton Keynes Central hit with more train strike action

    Passengers are set to face more disruption at Milton Keynes Central this weekend, with people being warned not to travel unless necessary.

    Network Rail are warning passengers to only travel by train if absolutely necessary on 1st, 5th and 8th October, as more coordinated strike action is set to take place.

    A published reduced timetable for Saturday 1st shows that just around 11% of services will operate - with no trains running at all in some parts of the country. It comes as the RMT, Aslef and TSSA are coordinating strike action.

    You can find the timetable and more information here.

    Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said: “We want to give our employees a decent pay rise. It isn’t fair to ask taxpayers or passengers to fund this so we must fund it ourselves, which is achievable if the unions work with us to modernise and run the railway more efficiently.

    “Our latest offer – an 8% pay rise over two years with other benefits – is affordable from within our own budget, but the RMT refuses to allow its members to vote on it. The decision by unions to strike again serves only to prolong disruption for passengers, undermine the railway’s recovery from the pandemic and ensure railway staff forgo even more of their pay unnecessarily.

    “Our efforts to avert this disruption have unfortunately been in vain, so we’re asking passengers to only travel if absolutely necessary on strike days. Those who must travel should expect disruption and make sure they check when their last train will depart.”

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