Leeds train strikes: Live from Leeds station as commuters warned not to travel in Leeds due to rail disruption

Leeds rail services will be severely disrupted today - with commuters warned not to travel where possible as the number of trains serving the city's stations is slashed due to strike action.

By Alex Grant
Tuesday, 21st June 2022, 7:20 am

Passengers have been urged not to travel at all if possible as thousands of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Network Rail and 13 train operators go on strike.

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Passengers have been urged not to travel at all if possible as thousands of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Network Rail and 13 train operators go on strike.

Leeds train strikes: Live from Leeds station as commuters warned not to travel in Leeds due to rail disruption

Last updated: Tuesday, 21 June, 2022, 14:31

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Passengers have been urged not to travel this week as thousands of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Network Rail and 13 train operators go on strike.

Our reporter Alex Grant has spoken to Rob McIntosh, Eastern Region Managing Director for Network Rail.

"Network Rail doesn't want to have strikes, we didn't want to have a strike in the first place. We want to get back around the table with the RMT and discuss how we can meet each other's needs," he said.

"We want to agree to a reasonable reform that will allow us to give a reasonable pay rise to our colleagues and compromise where we need too but that needs movement from both sides."

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Network Rail boss says 'we want to get back around the table' as hundreds of Leeds services cancelled by strike

Network Rail say they are committed to finding a quick end to the national rail strikes with over 80 per cent of services cancelled across the country.

Rail strikes caused long queues on the roads as many switched from trains to cars.

There was a surge in traffic in cities across Britain on Tuesday.

Location technology firm TomTom said congestion levels at 11am were higher than at the same time last week in a number of urban areas.

They include London (from 38% on June 14 to 51% today), Cardiff (from 24% to 29%), Liverpool (from 24% to 30%), Manchester (from 27% to 34%) and Newcastle (from 18% to 20%).

The figures represent the proportion of additional time required for journeys compared with free-flow conditions.

There were also long queues on outer London sections of the M1, M4, A4 and A40.

AA president Edmund King told the PA news agency there were “traffic hotspots” on the M25 in the South East, and on roads near Manchester, Leeds and west of Glasgow.

The firm’s breakdown recovery workers have been “busier than normal but not dramatically”, he told the PA news agency.

“Given good notice of the strike, many people have planned ahead and either changed their plans or are working from home.”

Our reporter Alex Grant spent the morning at Leeds Station

A handful of people are inside the station - with the departure board looking bare:

Empty station during usually busy morning commute:

The station is almost completely empty due to the strikes - with notice boards highlighting many cancelled services:

Trains sitting idle on the platforms this morning:

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