RMT members vote ‘overwhelmingly’ for rail strikes RMT members vote ‘overwhelmingly’ for rail strikes

The staff in 13 train operating companies have voted in favour of rail strikes. The ballot also involved staff at Network Rail, who have supported walkouts as well. A majority of RMT members at Govia Thameslink Railway only voted for industrail action short of a strike, while those at Island Line are understood not to have supported any industrial action. The RMT described the result in favour of action as ‘overwhelming’, and said its National Executive Committee will now be considering its next steps.

London turns purple to welcome Elizabeth Line London turns purple to welcome Elizabeth Line

The long-awaited launch of the Elizabeth Line through central London was marked by many of the capitals’s landmarks being highlighted in purple light, which is the colour of the new line. The first trains to carry passengers between Whitechapel, Liverpool Street and Paddington left Paddington and Abbey Wood on schedule at 06.30 this morning, and trains will now run every five minutes between 06.30 and 23.00 on Mondays to Saturdays. Sunday services will wait a little longer, except that the line will be open on the Sunday of the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

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