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“Unfortunately, nine out of ten rail services will be at a standstill. Our message to the railway unions is simple: please join the negotiating table and reach a deal.” She added: “Further walkouts will do no good except frustrate passengers, hurt the industry and slow our recovery.”

Lines will be closed all day between London and several major cities such as Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich and Manchester.

Avanti West Coast will not operate any trains and there will be no services between England and Wales.

Running trains will start later than usual and finish earlier.

The disruption will be worse than previous rail strikes this year as it is the first time RMT members have been joined by members of the Aslef Train Drivers’ Union and members of the Network Rail Transport Employees’ Association and 11 railway operating companies.

More strikes are scheduled for next Wednesday and Saturday in a long-running and bitter dispute over wages, jobs and conditions.

Unions have said there will be no breakthrough unless the government gives the rail companies more leeway in the talks.

Daniel Mann, director of industrial operations at Rail Delivery Group, said the strikes are “disrupting passenger plans, undermining struggling businesses, hitting major events and hurting industry recovery”.

“It’s particularly disheartening that this weekend’s strike clashes with the plans of thousands of runners in the iconic London Marathon.”

“It will also punish the many charities large and small that depend on sponsorship funds raised by such events.”

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, said the strikes would deal a “hard and unwelcome blow” to the hospitality industry.

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She added: “The industry is already battling the cost of living crisis, and these strikes will do even more damage, at a time when businesses of all sizes are facing soaring costs and chronic staff shortages. .”

Passengers with a ticket for today whose trip is canceled or postponed are entitled to a refund.

Alternatively, they can travel another day up to and including Tuesday.

Season ticket holders are entitled to compensation through the delay reimbursement system.

Guy Hobbs, editor of Which? Travel said: “The upcoming rail strikes will cause widespread disruption and passengers are advised not to use the trains.

“Ticket holders whose trains are affected should be able to get their money back. A full refund also applies if you have started your trip but are unable to complete it.

“Depending on your train company, you may also have the option of exchanging your ticket at no additional cost or even using it with another company.”

Meanwhile, picket lines will be set up outside the Royal Mail delivery and sorting offices today on the second day of a 48-hour strike in a worsening dispute over wages.

Members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) came out, hitting post deliveries across the country.

Talks between the two sides took place on Thursday, but there were no signs of progress and the union plans to step up industrial action in the coming weeks.

Another 19 days of strikes were announced throughout this month and November in a major escalation of the dispute.

The union said the walkout of around 115,000 of its members was the biggest strike of the year amid long-running disputes in other sectors.

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This article first appeared in ENGLISH on https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1676753/rmt-rail-strike-misery-deal-transport-secretary-anne-marie-trevelyan

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