Newcastle train strikes: All rail companies affected by national strike and which dates will strikes happen?

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Rail services could see more disruption with RMT strikes scheduled for today.

Rail customers travelling to and from Newcastle may see disrupted services once again today.

After strike action took place in mid-June, RMT has announced that more strike action will take place for 24 hours today.

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Around 40,000 workers are expected to take part in the strike action nationwide.

The picket line at Newcastle Central StationThe picket line at Newcastle Central Station
The picket line at Newcastle Central Station

Multiple strikes have taken place this, and more are expected to happen, due a dispute between workers and rail companies over working conditions and pay.

So, what services from Newcastle could be affected by the strikes?

Here’s everything you need to know about the strike action.

Why is the strike action taking place?

Earlier this year around 40,000 RMT members who work for Network Rail and other train companies in the UK were balloted to vote.

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There was a huge turnout of voters with 89% of those voting voted in favour of strike action and 11% voting against.

Mick Lynch, RMT general secretary, released a statement explaining the reason behind the strike: "Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously.”

"We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1pc and rising.”

What has RMT said about the strikes?

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The rail industry and the government need to understand that this dispute will not simply vanish.

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"They need to get serious about providing an offer on pay which helps deal with the cost-of-living crisis, job security for our members and provides good conditions at work.

"Recent proposals from Network Rail fell well short on pay and on safety around maintenance work.

“And the train operating companies have not even made us a pay offer in recent negotiations.

"Now Grant Shapps has abandoned his forlorn hopes for the job of Prime Minister, he can now get back to his day job and help sort this mess out.

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"We remain open for talks, but we will continue our campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement."

Which companies will be affected by the strike?

Workers from the following companies will be taking part in the strike action:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern
  • South Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands Trains
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express)

What Newcastle trains will be affected?

From the official list of companies in which workers are confirmed to be taking part in the strike it seems that disruption within services from and to Newcastle is likely.

Customers are advised to check with their train company before travel and keep up to date on the latest updates via their website.

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The following is a list of companies that runs services to and from key places in Newcastle and across the country:

  • LNER 
  • Northern Trains
  • Cross Country Trains 
  • Transpennine Express

When will the next rail strikes be?

There will be a separate strike carried out by Aslef union on Saturday 30 July.

Aslef union members at the following companies will take strike action:

  • LNER
  • Chiltern 
  • Northern
  • TransPennie Express 

RMT have also announced two additional days of strike action this summer. The strikes will take place on 18 and 20 August.

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