Summer break: London commuters get even more headaches as weekend rail strike threatens to question as workers vote at Heathrow to strike

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commuters in ondon continue to feel the effects of a rail strike as another round of action looms on Saturday.

Thursday’s strike action continued to have a knock-on effect on Friday morning, with serious delays reported on the Bakerloo Line and disruption on the Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines “due to train shortages,” TfL said.

The London Overground was also partially interrupted between Romford and Upminster, Wandsworth Road and Clapham Junction, while serious delays were reported on the rest of the line.

A quieter-than-normal train station in London’s Waterloo during a rail workers’ strike on Thursday

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Only 60 percent of trains will run on Friday, mainly due to a delay in the start of services for signalmen and control room staff.

TfL has advised people not to travel before mid-morning “if possible”.

Members of Network Rail’s Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) and 13 train operators went on strike on Tuesday and Thursday, with a third strike planned for Saturday in a stalled dispute over jobs, wages and conditions.

The general secretary of the RMT called on transportation secretary Grant Shapps to “get in the room or get out of the way”.

Mick Lynch said the union will “continue its industrial campaign until a negotiated settlement is reached”.

Speaking of further action, he said: “But if we don’t get a settlement, there’s a good chance it will.”

Talks have been going on all week, but there is still little sign of a breakthrough.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the strikes a “terrible idea” and insisted there was “no point” in having railways that are “so uneconomical” that ticket prices are unaffordable for passengers.

He also defended dealing with real wage cuts for public sector workers, while pensioners got increases in line with rising inflation.

It’s because 1,000 British Airways workers are going on strike “probably during the summer break,” according to the GMB union.

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said: “With stark predictability, holidaymakers are facing huge disruptions thanks to British Airways’ stubbornness.”

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