Rail passengers are being strongly advised to check before they travel in December as there will be a fresh wave of rail strikes.
Some train operators are warning that there will be a short notice to cancellations and members of the drivers union Aslef will stage a series of one-day strikes across different operators.
There will be regional variations and the strikes will affect 17 train companies and some train operators will run no services on strike days.
A spokesperson for Rail Delivery Group said: “This unnecessary and avoidable industrial action called by the Aslef leadership has been targeted to disrupt customers and businesses ahead of the vital festive period, where people will be attending events and catching up with friends and loved ones.
“It will also inflict further damage on an industry that is receiving up to an additional £175 million a month in taxpayer cash to keep services running, following the Covid downturn.
“As the level of service varies across the country, our advice is to check before you travel and follow the latest travel information. Customers with Advance, Anytime or Off-Peak tickets for travel between Saturday 2 December – Friday 8 December can instead use their tickets any time between Friday 1 December up until Tuesday 12 December. Those with Advance tickets can be refunded fee-free if the train that the ticket is booked for is cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled.
“It doesn’t have to be this way. The Aslef leadership are blocking a fair and affordable offer made by the industry in the Spring that would take average driver base salaries for a four-day week from £60,000 to nearly £65,000.
“We urge them to put it to its members, give Christmas back to our customers and end this damaging industrial dispute.”