Rail strikes: Largest train and Tube walkout in 30 years gets underway

Train services up and down the country are expected to be plunged into chaos, while a strike on the London Underground across the entire network is set to bring the capital to a halt.

Londoners are facing a day of travel misery as the largest train and Tube strike in 30 years goes ahead today (Tuesday, June 21).

Thousands of workers in the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators are taking part in the strike - the biggest railway industrial action in years.

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Train services up and down the country are expected to be plunged into chaos, while a strike on the London Underground across the entire network is set to bring the capital to a halt.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has criticised the rail strikes as “unnecessary” but said there was “nothing” the government could do to “change the reality [of strikes] this week”.

While RMT boss Mick Lynch confirmed the strikes would go ahead yesterday.

He said: “The dead hand of this Tory government is all over this dispute and the fingerprints of Grant Shapps and the DNA of Rishi Sunak are all over the problems on the railway and the problems in our society.

“Until they allow these employers to negotiate freely, I can’t see that we’re going to get a settlement on the issues that are in front of us.”