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British rail workers strike on intercity routes


British rail workers strike on intercity routes

London, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina)Rail passengers faced train delays due to a 24-hour strike at rail operator Cross Country, which serves major intercity flights.

The strike will cause major disruption until at least January 7, 2023, the company’s website reported.

On the other hand, the Great Western Railway and West Midlands Trains unions also intend to stop working for one day, starting Wednesday at noon.

These groups are responsible for, among other things, training, supervision, scheduling and communication with customers.

The unions are demanding higher wages due to the rising cost of living, as well as safer jobs.

The Ministry of Transportation, on its own, called for strikes cancellations and acceptance of the private railroads’ fare proposal.

People going on, or returning home, from their vacations, are gathering in the lobbies of major stations, including Euston in London and New Street in Birmingham.

According to experts, there are huge problems on the UK rail network.

This year, more than half of the trains at 15 major railway stations suffered delays or other disruptions.

The problems are assumed to be related with the privatization of the companies, which led to higher costs and government subsidies. In addition, staff shortages worsened with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.


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