Train strikes: Widespread delays expected as latest walkouts loom

Train passengers are braced for major disruption this week, as a series of strikes is set to bring the UK’s rail network to a standstill.

About 40,000 rail workers will walk out on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as part of a long-running row over jobs, pay and conditions.

It comes after members of the UK’s biggest rail union, the RMT, rejected fresh pay offers and vowed to fight on.

But the government says it will not back down, despite the “damage” done.

Most train companies across Britain are likely to be affected, and Network Rail has urged passengers to “only travel if absolutely necessary”.

Travellers are advised to check their train-operating company’s website before setting out, with delays and cancellations also likely on the days around the strikes.

The RMT has held a series of strikes since the summer that have shut much of the rail network in England, Scotland and Wales and threaten to hit businesses in the run-up to Christmas.

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