Train strikes: The Leeds rail services by Cross Country, Northern, TransPennine Express and LNER still running on August 20

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Only around a fifth of normal rail services are running across the country today as members of the RMT union take part in the latest round of industrial action.

Train operators had said that around half of all railway lines will be closed, with services only running between between 7.30am and 6.30pm on Saturday and knock-on disruption expected on Sunday morning.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite are walking out for 24 hours, affecting Network Rail and a number of train companies across the country.

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RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at Network Rail will strike again, along with London United bus drivers.

Sunday morning train services will be affected by the knock-on effect of Saturday's action.

Football and cricket fans, tourists and holidaymakers will be among those affected by the disruption as the unions stage their second stoppage in three days.

The sides are as far apart as ever in resolving the row despite months of talks aimed at breaking the deadlock, with increasing union anger at the refusal of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to get involved in negotiations.

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RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "RMT will continue to negotiate in good faith but we cannot tolerate being bullied or hoodwinked into accepting a raw deal for our members.

RMT members are taking part in the latest round of industrial action.RMT members are taking part in the latest round of industrial action.
RMT members are taking part in the latest round of industrial action.

"The Government need to stop their interference in these disputes so the employers can come to a negotiated settlement with us."

TSSA members taking action include staff working in ticket offices, stations, control rooms, engineering, as well as planning, timetabling and other support roles.

The union is seeking guarantees of no compulsory redundancies, a pay rise in line with the cost of living, and promises of no unilateral alterations to job terms and conditions.

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Mr Shapps said: "It's clear, from their co-ordinated approach, that the unions are hell-bent on causing as much misery as possible to the very same taxpayers who stumped up £600 per household to ensure not a single rail worker lost their job during the pandemic.

"Sadly, union chiefs have short memories and will be repaying this act of good faith by ruining millions of hard-working people's summer plans."

The rail unions reacted furiously to a warning by the Transport Secretary that changes employers are seeking, which are at the heart of the current train strikes, could be imposed.

Mr Shapps said he would have to enact legislation referred to as a "section 188" to force through some of the measures.

What rail services in Leeds are running today?

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These are the plans put in place for Saturday August 20 by rail operators serving Leeds:


A very limited service is planned from Derby to Edinburgh via Leeds, York and Newcastle.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER)

Only one train per hour will operate between Edinburgh and London King’s Cross, and two per hour doing part of the route.


Passengers are urged “not to travel” as only a small number of routes will have trains.

The York to Leeds and Leeds to Sheffield routes will be open.

TransPennine Express

There will only be a very limited service, with just four routes open. They include Manchester Piccadilly to York.