Travel chaos expected to continue across Lancaster district with second day of train strikes

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Rail travel is due to be seriously affected again on Wednesday as strike action continues.

The ASLEF, RMT and TSSA unions have been coordinating action across train companies and Network Rail.

Following strikes on Saturday, further action tomorrow, Wednesday October 5, will significantly affect services, with most lines closed with no train services or alternatives.

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Due to the industrial action by drivers on Wednesday, Avanti West Coast have urged people to not attempt to travel – they will not be running any services on their routes and many of their stations will be closed.

Travel chaos is expected to continue across the Lancaster district this week.Travel chaos is expected to continue across the Lancaster district this week.
Travel chaos is expected to continue across the Lancaster district this week.

Due to the action by train crew and station staff on October 8, customers should expect the existing timetable to be reduced significantly and those services that do run are expected to be very busy.

Avanti strongly advise people to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary on October 8.

Customers with tickets dated October 1 to 9 can claim a full refund from their point of purchase or can use those tickets any time between now and October 10.

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There will be no Northern train services running on October 5.

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The further strike day by the RMT on Saturday will see an extremely limited availability of both Northern services and staff. As such they will not be able to operate services on most routes.

No replacement buses or replacement travel will be provided on any of the strike days.

Timetables for the very limited services on October 8 will be available at Expect severe disruption and plan ahead.

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TransPennine Express are running a very limited service on some lines, but are advising customers to only travel during the strike action if journeys are essential.

They also expect travel to be disrupted the day after a planned strike so check before you travel.

Journey planners have been amended with their revised timetable for all strike days and days following strike days.

Why are railway workers going on strike?

The unions are in dispute with the government and rail companies about pay, job cuts and changes to terms and conditions.

On pay, the unions say salaries should increase to reflect the rising cost of living.