Some good news before the bank holiday weekend.
Rail unions have called off the national bank holiday rail strike because of a different offer from Network Rail. The strike was going to happen because of a row over pay and members of the RMT and TSSA unions had planned to walk out for 24 hours from 17:00 BST on Monday.
Once the TSSA called off its action, the RMT said their union’s executive had decided to suspend their strike. As a result, many train services will now run as expected on Monday and Tuesday, meaning rail passengers will have a smooth journey. The only down side are the engineering works that are due to happen on some lines.
The unions originally declined the offer of a four-year deal that included a single £500 payment and three years of rises in line with RPI inflation. The details of the new offer have not yet been revealed.
Lawyers for Network Rail paused their plans to take legal action against the TSSA because of the way its ballot had been conducted. Due to the strike, passengers had been warned that they should of expected travel chaos. Not only that, but they were told they should not travel at all if the strike went ahead, which would have meant thousands of signalers, maintenance staff and station workers would have walked out.
Even though the strike was supposed to only last until Tuesday, services would still have been affected on Wednesday when services returned to normal because of cancellations.