A new 24-hour rail strike will take place on October 8
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Another rail strike was announced next month, continuing a wave of industrial action into the autumn.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has announced that 40,000 of its members at Network Rail and 15 trains will walk out on October 8.
Rail strikes are already planned for October 1 and 5, affecting journeys for people going to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham and the London Marathon.
It means travel chaos is guaranteed as passengers face three 24-hour journeys in one week.
However, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch hinted there could be light at the end of the tunnel after an encouraging meeting with new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
“We welcome this positive approach from the government to us as the first step towards finding a suitable solution,” he said.
However, since no new demands have been submitted, our members have no choice but to continue the strike.
“We will continue to negotiate in good faith, but employers and the government need to understand that our industrial campaign will continue for as long as it takes.”
Railway companies affected by the strike:
Cross Country Trains
East Midlands Railway
Great Western Railway
Avanti West Coast
West Midlands Trains
GTR (including Gatwick Express)
Meanwhile, Avanti West Coast has announced plans to increase its services after reducing schedules in August.
The extra trains will run from Tuesday, September 27. Between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly there will be 10 extra trains a day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and six extra trains on Wednesdays.
It will also run four additional daily services between London Euston and Birmingham New Street on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Further additions to the schedule will be made in December when the new drivers complete their training.
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