Railways: Strikes

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 3 April 2024.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement contingency plans to manage the impact of the upcoming train strikes in April across multiple rail companies.

Photo of Lord Davies of Gower Lord Davies of Gower Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

On 20 March, ASLEF announced a further rolling programme of one-day strikes and action short of strike on the National Rail network. The rail industry is working on contingency planning and will do all it can to minimise the impacts for passengers. During periods of strike action, rail operators deploy measures such as implementing amended timetables to ensure services can be delivered reliably and safely. To minimise impacts and keep passengers informed during periods of strike action, the rail industry uses widespread passenger messaging to publicise disruption and the latest travel information in stations, through websites, and on social media channels.

The government has also put in place legislation to enable train operators to plan for a 40% minimum level of service during strikes. It is a decision for individual employers whether to use this new tool to mitigate the impact of strikes, but we expect operators to be ready and able to do so, and to make that decision in the best interests of passengers.

The Rail Delivery Group has presented a fair and reasonable offer to ASLEF which it rejected without allowing its members to vote on their future. We continue to urge ASLEF to put the offer to their members in the train companies to give them a say on their future.

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