The RMT are set to strike on Wednesday, 27 July with a separate strike on Saturday 30 July by Aslef union members. Eight companies will be affected by the strike including Chiltern, LNER, Northern and TransPennine Express.
In slightly better news for Londoners, the London Underground and TfL are not officially part of Wednesday’s strike action, but travellers have been warned that London could still see some disruption.
The RMT branch secretary on London Liverpool Street picket line said this morning: “If we don’t take action, we won’t get any results. We have to keep fighting until we have a change.”
Jeremy Corbyn was also spotted at a picket line at Euston, along with John McDonnell.
When are the upcoming rail strikes?
The upcoming strikes are set to take place over two dates this week, with the first being on Wednesday, 27 July and second in this latest set of strikes will occur this weekend, on Saturday 30 July.
What are some events in London that could be affected by this strike?
London, being the capital of the country, is the hub of activity, with numerous events taking part every day.
This weekend, perhaps the biggest event is Lady Gaga, who is set to perform two shows at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The first show is Friday, 29 July with the second being Saturday, 30 July, the day of the strike.
People will be travelling from all over the country to watch Gaga in what is a rare UK performance.
Another event is Rick Ross, with the American rapper taking to the stage at The O2 Academy in Brixton the day after the planned strike, on 31 July.
Whilst this date isn’t on the strike date, people may need to alter or check their journey if they’re staying overnight in London on the day prior to the performance.
Which rail companies will be affected by the strikes?
- Chiltern Railways
- Cross Country Trains
- Greater Anglia
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway
- Northern Trains
- South Eastern
- South Western Railway
- TransPennine Express
- Avanti West Coast
- West Midlands Trains
- GTR (including Gatwick Express)
The TSSA also announced that Avanti West Coast members will also strike on Wednesday 27 July, to coincide with the RMT’s action.
Are there any further planned strikes?
More planned strikes are to take place in the middle of August, the RMT has confirmed.
A statement on the RMT website, included quotes from the RMT general secretary Mick Lynch, where he said: "The rail industry and the government need to understand that this dispute will not simply vanish.
"They need to get serious about providing an offer on pay which helps deal with the cost-of-living crisis, job security for our members and provides good conditions at work.
"Recent proposals from Network Rail fell well short on pay and on safety around maintenance work.
“And the train operating companies have not even made us a pay offer in recent negotiations.
"Now Grant Shapps has abandoned his forlorn hopes for the job of Prime Minister, he can now get back to his day job and help sort this mess out.
"We remain open for talks, but we will continue our campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement."