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It was a tale of woes for commuters in Britain as the trade union industrial action entered its third day.

Tourists wishing to visit the UK may wish to reconsider their dates as movements in the city of London faces transportation hiccups arising from train workers’ strike.

Trains on some of the busiest routes in the country were at a standstill, with commuters on services into London among passengers suffering travel misery.

Members of Aslef (ASLEF is Britain’s trade union for train drivers) walked out for the third strike in the past four days, crippling services, especially in East Anglia and the South East of England.

The strike hit c2c, Gatwick Express, Greater Anglia, Southeastern, Southern, South Western Railway, Great Northern, Stansted Express and Thameslink trains today, Monday, April 8, 2024.

Aslef is embroiled in a nearly two-year-long dispute over pay, with no sign of a breakthrough and no talks planned. The union says the dispute has cost the industry more than £ 2 billion, far more than it would have cost to resolve the conflict.

South Western Railway said a significantly reduced service will operate on a small number of lines between 7 am and 7 pm, while the rest of its network will be closed.

Southern said no trains will be running across most of its network, with a limited shuttle service running non-stop between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.

Southeastern said most of its routes and stations will be closed. There will be an extremely limited service where trains are running and the operator advised customers not to travel.

A statement said, “If you do travel, expect severe disruption, plan ahead and allow much more time for your journey.

“Trains that are running will be extremely busy, they start later and finish early. You may be unable to board trains at some stations, and we estimate that there could be queues for up to two hours due to the very limited service.

“Only 29 out of 165 Southeastern stations will be open. No rail replacement buses will serve stations that are closed”.


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