Two more days of strike action on the railway network have been announced by the ASLEF union.
On Wednesday 1 and Friday 3 February, members of that union will be on strike, affecting the following train companies, several of which operate in and around London:
- Avanti West Coast;
- Chiltern Railways;
- East Midlands Railway;
- Great Western Railway;
- Greater Anglia;
- GTR Great Northern Thameslink;
- London North Eastern Railway;
- Northern Trains;
- Southern/Gatwick Express;
- South Western Railway (depot drivers only);
- SWR Island Line;
- TransPennine Express;
- West Midlands Trains.
At time of writing, it's not known how severe the disruption will be — if you're planning to travel on those dates, keep an eye out for updates from your train operating company in the coming days.
The strikes were announced after the union rejected a proposal made on behalf of the government following six one-day strikes last year. ASLEF claims the offer amounts to a 'a real-terms pay cut' and came with unacceptable conditions attached.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: "The proposal is not and could not ever be acceptable but we are willing to engage in further discussions within the process that we previously agreed."