Commuters are facing three days of disruption, as the staff at five train companies to start a new wave of strikes in separate disputes on “railway safety”.
Rail, Maritime and Transport union members, Northern, Merseyrail, South West Railway and Greater Anglia will be a strike on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
RMT members at South also featuring a 24-hour walkout on Monday.
A Department of Transport spokesman said that the five franchises “to keep passengers on the move during typing. Proposed Action
The 24-hour walkouts have been called by various disputes, all relating to rail safety, the MTA said.
He said that the disputes were over issues, including the role of the training of guards and the extension of driver-only services.
The strikes on each of these days will take place from from 00.01 until 23.59 GMT.
All the affected companies have said that they are going to be running services during the strike:
Northern, which runs trains in the north-west and north-east of England, said it will run around 1 350 trains on strike days – about 60% of its normal service
South Western Railway (SWR), which operates from stations including London Waterloo, Reading, Exeter and Southampton, the plans to execute about 70% of its normal service
Merseyrail says it will run a reduced service on its lines in and around Liverpool, most of the time between 07:00 and 19:00 GMT, but with a break in the middle of the day
Southern explains that it is expected to run a normal service on most of its routes across the south of England, but advised passengers to check for any last-minute changes
Greater Anglia said it planned to run a normal service, without modifications.
The Isle of Wight’s Island Line – performed by SWR – will also work schedule on Monday and Friday, with bus replacement services on Wednesday.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash has written to the minister of Transport, Chris Grayling, calling for a summit with the Department for Transport and train operating companies.
He said that agreements have been concluded in Scotland and Wales to keep the guards on the new modern trains.
“With good will on all sides, we can reach an agreement in England as well,” he added.
TUC general secretary Frances O’grady has urged the government to react “positively” to the proposal. ‘Unequivocally safe’
The Ministry of Transport, said the line was not about the security, adding that “nobody is losing their job’.
“The employees have been guaranteed jobs and wages for several years,” the spokesman said.
“The independent rail regulator has stated unequivocally that the driver controlled by the trains, which have been used in this country for over 30 years, are safe.”
He added: “Despite the efforts of the RMT to cause misery for passengers, the railway companies will allow to keep the passengers travelling with the majority of services are running as expected.”
It comes as the Prime Minister, Theresa may, has defended the latest train fare increases of 3.4% – to insist on rail investment has been necessary.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, she said: “a lot of people rely on our railways – we want to see a good service on our railways, but this does not mean that the investment is necessary.”