Summer vacation: London commuters face new headaches as weekend rail strike thrown into doubt as Heathrow workers vote to strike


Ondon commuters continue to feel the effects of a rail strike as another round of action looms on Saturday.

Thursday’s strike continued to have a ripple effect on Friday morning, with severe delays reported on the Bakerloo line and disruption on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines “due to a shortage of trains”, it said. TfL.

The London Overground was also partly suspended between Romford and Upminster, Wandsworth Road and Clapham Junction while reporting serious delays on the rest of the line.

A quieter than normal Waterloo station in London during a strike by railway workers on Thursday

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There will be only 60% of trains running on Friday, mainly due to a delay in the start of services for flagmen and control room staff.

TfL has advised people not to travel until mid-morning “if possible”.

Members of Network Rail’s Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and 13 train operators went on strike on Tuesday and Thursday, with a third walkout scheduled for Saturday in a deadlocked dispute over jobs, wages and salaries terms.

The RMT general secretary called on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to “get in the room or get out of the way”.

Mick Lynch said the union “will continue its labor campaign until a negotiated settlement is reached”.

Speaking on other measures, he said: “But if we don’t get a settlement, it’s extremely likely there will be.”

Talks have taken place throughout the week, but there are few signs of a breakthrough.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the strikes a ‘terrible idea’ and insisted it was ‘pointless’ to have the railways ‘so unprofitable’ that ticket prices are prohibitively expensive for passengers.

He also defended giving public sector workers real pay cuts while giving retirees raises to match soaring inflation.

It comes as 1,000 British Airways workers are set to go on strike ‘probably over the peak summer holiday period’, according to the GMB union.

GMB Country Manager Nadine Houghton said: “With bleak predictability, holidaymakers are facing massive disruption thanks to the stubbornness of British Airways.”

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