Mick Lynch: ‘I’ll leave train strikes picket line and meet Mark Harper now if he wants’

The head of Britain’s largest rail union warned train strikes could go on for months on Tuesday as a fresh 48-hour walkout caused misery for commuters.

Mick Lynch said the RMT had a mandate to take action up until May, but warned: “If we have to go further, that’s what we’ll need to do.”

However Network Rail’s chief negotiator said that a deal to stop rail strikes is in “touching distance”.