OPINION - The Leader podcast: ‘Worst week of rail disruption in 30 years’

The RMT union should get ‘off the picket line and round the negotiating table’ as passengers face fresh disruption from strikes, Transport Secretary Mark Harper has said (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Wire)
The RMT union should get ‘off the picket line and round the negotiating table’ as passengers face fresh disruption from strikes, Transport Secretary Mark Harper has said (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Wire)

Around 16 million journeys could be affected by what is expected to be the worst week of rail disruption for 30 years.

About 40,000 members of the RMT at Network Rail and 14 train operators are staging a 48-hour walkout, with another to follow on Friday, while drivers in the Aslef union will strike on Thursday.

This follows a bleak December for travel with many feeling the knock-on effects of the continued industrial action.

Ross Lydall, the Evening Standard’s City Hall Editor & Transport Editor, explains the latest on the industrial action, what’s next for the talks and whether this means Londoners could be put off taking the train moving forward.

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