Rail travelers are being warned of a major disruption to services over the bank holiday weekend due to a workers’ strike and engineering works.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union have pulled out of a long-running dispute with management of the TransPennine Express line over wages amid the cost of living crisis.
TPE has urged people not to travel on Saturdays or Sundays, saying it will operate a modified timetable on both days, with very limited service available for those on essential journeys.
People traveling to events, including Jubilee celebrations over the weekend, have been advised to seek alternative transport, with additional complications caused by planned engineering works.
TPE runs services between major cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, and from the North West to Humberside.
It comes ahead of a summer of disruption on the railways after RMT members last month voted in favor of a nationwide strike over wages and conditions.
Kathryn O’Brien, Director of Customer Experience for TransPennine Express, said: “We are saddened that the ongoing strikes at RMT are preventing us from providing a full service to customers over such a special weekend, when celebrations will take place. place across the UK.
“With a strike scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, coupled with major engineering work, our advice to customers is not to travel by train, and anyone traveling to an event should seek alternative transport.
“Network Rail’s major engineering work will also mean changes for customers traveling on our northern route, and we urge them to plan ahead and check their journeys. »
The union said the company refused the drivers’ request to raise the pay of incoming staff on holidays and Sundays, and offered drivers more money. Train cleaners were also on strike for wages as the cost of living soared.
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary, said: ‘The divide and conquer tactic of small business bosses is shameful and they need to understand that our members will not back down until they find a just settlement.
“Drivers, like drivers, should be well rewarded for their work on the TPEs and if the management behaves reasonably, we can suspend the action this weekend.
“What our members are asking for would cost TPE less than the loss of income resulting from a strike.
“We urge small business owners to think again and engage meaningfully with RMT. »