New Year’s rail strike Eve revellers are set to stand disrupted rail travel because of fresh strikes in long-strolling disputes between body of workers and shipping bosses.

New Year’s rail strike

individuals of the Rail, Maritime and transport (RMT) union on South Western Railway (SWR) and CrossCountry will walk out for 24 hours on Sunday, sparking delays and cancellations.

The union is planning more strikes in January in opposition to SWR, Southern, Merseyrail, greater Anglia and Arriva Rail North within the sour row over guards.

The CrossCountry dispute is over rosters and Sunday operating.

The SWR strike will disrupt offerings to and from London Waterloo, the capital’s busiest railway station.
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Disruption: The strike will effect Waterloo (Nigel Howard)

RMT popular secretary Mick cash said: “it is the continuing failure of the educate organizations and their political puppet masters in authorities to make any strive by any means to clear up the range of separate disputes over rail safety that has led us to name this in addition motion on South Western railway and the obligation for the disruption to be able to be brought about lays pretty and squarely at their door.

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“It actually ought to be uncomplicated – the Scottish and Welsh Governments have agreed to hold the guards on our trains so there’s no motive why the United Kingdom authorities and the UK based operators can’t do the equal.”

Andy Mellors, SWR managing Director, said the union “is aware of we plan to keep a defend on all our trains to assist passengers.

“What we need to speak about with them is what happens while a defend is unavailable at brief notice so that our passengers are not left stranded.”

A spokesman for CrossCountry brought: “in spite of three days of talks earlier than Christmas, supported through the conciliation provider Acas, we have been not able to attain an end to the RMT union’s dispute.

“another time we urge the RMT to call off the strike scheduled for brand spanking new yr’s Eve, and to place the provide we made some time ago, which might see their hourly Sunday time beyond regulation charge growth via forty eight%, to a vote by using its participants.
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“complete information of the offerings we are capable of operate may be discovered on our website, in conjunction with facts on alternative tour arrangements the usage of other educate operators’ offerings and how customers can obtain refunds if they do now not tour.”

Mr cash said of the CrossCountry dispute: “it’s far the company’s ineptitude and arrogance that has forced us to take this further round of movement which we understand will result in fundamental disruption.”

Rail Minister Paul Maynard labelled it “disgraceful” that the union “is in search of to reason distress to paying customers looking to get home to own family and buddies for the new year.

“Rail organizations are running difficult to hold passengers moving, and plan to run most people of services, but we name on the RMT to expose some decency and make contact with off these moves.”

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