Train strike chaos as large crowd gathers at London Euston station ahead of tomorrow
Britons are facing chaos in London Euston ahead of another train strike tomorrow. Euston train station will be closed on Wednesday due to the industrial action from ASLEF union. However some commuters have blamed the delays on train operators changing service last minute.
Strikes on Wednesday see Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, LNER, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Railway either pull all service or run a limited number of trains.
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On Twitter, Britons have taken to social media to complain of delays ahead of the station’s closure.
User Kate Collins said on Twitter that she arrived at Euston station at around 7.45pm to “find there are no trains”.
Pictures show swathes of people waiting for trains amid a flurry of delays and cancellations.
On Twitter, London Euston said: “Euston will be closed on Wednesday 5 October due to industrial action. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.”
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Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said at 7.53pm: “Arrived at Euston at 18.10. I am still at Euston. No sign of leaving soon.”
She then added: “There is no driver and the delay will be between 10 and 30 minutes.
“On top of the already half an hour delay, on top of fact original train was cancelled. Avanti West Coast really excelling themselves.”
After a Twitter user blamed strikes, she also said: “There isn’t a strike! At least on strike days you get fair warning of disruption.
“Avanti West Coast allow you to buy a ticket 20 mins before train is cancelled.”
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Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said the dispute would now continue until the Government intervened.
He urged Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan to “lift the shackles” from train companies so they could make a pay offer to workers.
He said: “The message I am receiving from my members is that they are in this for the long haul and if anything they want industrial action to be increased.”
Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has indicated there is the possibility of a deal between rail firms and unions, but stressed any agreement “will require compromise”.
To applause, she added: “We want to transform the rail industry to make it sustainable for the next hundred years, so the very last thing that the country needs right now is more damaging industrial disputes.
“My message to the trade union membership is simple: please take your seats at the negotiating table and let’s find a landing zone which we can all work with. Punishing passengers and inflicting damage on our economy by striking is not the answer.
“I can tell you there is a deal to be done between the unions and our train operators, it’s a deal that will require compromise. So, I want to see positive proposals to bridge those differences.”