Union accuses DfT of blocking rail pay deal for political reasons Union accuses DfT of blocking rail pay deal for political reasons

The RMT has accused the government of preventing agreement in the long running rail disputes because of its political agenda. Staff are walking out again today at Network Rail and most train operators, and only one in five trains are expected to run, with many lines closed entirely. Operators have been urging their passengers not to try to travel. Although ScotRail and Transport for Wales staff are not striking, most trains will not run in England, Scotland or Wales because Network Rail signallers will be absent. There will be a further London Underground strike tomorrow and another National Rail stoppage on Saturday, which will again affect most of the network.

Fire at London Bridge station Fire at London Bridge station

London Bridge station was closed for a time this morning after a fire broke out in a railway arch. More than 70 firefighters went to the scene, and London Fire Brigade said the ‘entire arch’ was ablaze.

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