COMMUTERS and other rail users are facing major disruption next week after workers at several train companies, including West Midlands Railway and GWR, voted to strike.
There will be no West Midlands Railway to or from Malvern Link and Great Malvern via Birmingham New Street, Worcester and Hereford line between Tuesday and Saturday, with minor amendments to the service on Monday.
There will be no GWR trains on strike days – June 21, 23 and 25 – people can check train provision outside these times by clicking here.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) will be taking action next week meaning there will be no trains at all.
WMR customer experience director, Jonny Wiseman said the RMT’s action was ‘very disappointing’ and urged people only to use trains if it was absolutely necessary and they had no other transport option is available to them.
“Passengers holding tickets or season tickets will be entitled to refunds and should visit our website for information.”
Passenger assistance will still be available on the services that are still running.
RMT called for a face-to-face meeting with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday to try and avert strike action.
The strike is over pay and job losses, and in a letter to Grant Shapps, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the
Treasury was ‘calling the shots’ and was not allowing rail employers to come to a negotiated settlement with the union.