Thousands of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are to strike on Saturday over pay and conditions which will cause chaos for passengers.
Passengers are being told to check their travel arrangements as the strikes will vary across the country.
Some services will be affected on Friday evening and also on Sunday morning and a Rail Delivery Group spokesperson said the strike will disrupt the plans of many families.
The RDG said, “This will lead to disappointment, frustration and financial strain for tens of thousands of people. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and understand the impact on individuals and businesses.
“Our advice is to check before you travel.”
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, “We’ve been on strike for over a year. This campaign’s probably been running for two years.
“The issues are the same. They’re attacking our jobs. They’re making redundancies. They’re closing services.
“We haven’t had a pay rise for four years and the people that remain, they want to cut our conditions and issue new contracts of employment.
“There is not an agreement in sight at the moment but we remain available for negotiation with the companies and with the Government – but that’s up to them to invite us back to the table so that we can work up some solutions to the dispute.”
A Department for Transport spokesperson said, “The Government has met the rail unions, listened to them and facilitated improved offers on pay and reform.
“The union leaders should put these fair and reasonable offers to their members so this dispute can be resolved.”