Two more days of strike action on the railway network have been announced by the ASLEF union.
On Wednesday 1 and Thursday 3 February, members of that union will be on strike, affecting the following train companies, several of which operate in and around London:
- Avanti West Coast;
- Chiltern Railways;
- East Midlands Railway;
- Great Western Railway;
- Greater Anglia;
- GTR Great Northern Thameslink;
- London North Eastern Railway;
- Northern Trains;
- Southern/Gatwick Express;
- South Western Railway (depot drivers only);
- SWR Island Line;
- TransPennine Express;
- West Midlands Trains.
At time of writing, it’s not known how severe the disruption will be — if you’re planning to travel on those dates, keep an eye out for updates from your train operating company in the coming days.
The strikes were announced after the union rejected a proposal made on behalf of the government following six one-day strikes last year. ASLEF claims the offer amounts to a ‘a real-terms pay cut’ and came with unacceptable conditions attached.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: “The proposal is not and could not ever be acceptable but we are willing to engage in further discussions within the process that we previously agreed.”
These strikes coincide with industrial action in other industries too. 100,000 civil servants are striking on 1 February, along with teachers belonging to the National Education Union.