Greater Anglia: Harlow rail users warned as strike date set
News / Thu 7th Jul 2022 am31 08:53am
TRAIN drivers’ union ASLEF has announced another strike date for its Greater Anglia members –Saturday 23 July.
While talks will continue to try to resolve the strike, Greater Anglia is warning passengers of widespread disruption should the strike go ahead.
This will be the third strike day by ASLEF’s Greater Anglia train drivers. During the last strike, on Saturday 2 July, the company could not run over 90 per cent of its services.
Greater Anglia Managing Director Jamie Burles said: “We hope this dispute can be resolved and the strike action proposed for 23 July cancelled, but in the meantime we want to give our customers as much notice as possible that there will be disruption if the strike does go ahead.
“We are making arrangements and drawing up timetables in case the action does take place, and we will keep our customers updated.
“If there is a strike, our advice to customers will be to avoid travelling on our trains. With drivers on strike, we can only run minimal services and just on limited routes and between limited hours too for most of those routes.
“We are aware that many customers will have plans to travel – it’s the first weekend of the school holidays and the weekend of the Latitude Festival. We’re genuinely sorry if this strike disrupts people’s plans.”
On Saturday 2 July, there were no services between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street, nor on any branch lines or regional routes.
There were severely reduced services between Norwich, Colchester, Southend Victoria and Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street, with far fewer trains than usual.
Full information including timetables, how to refund or change tickets and first and last train times will be available on the Greater Anglia website as soon as it becomes available.
Up the workers!!
Its funny old world when train drivers earn more then pilots.
Trains these days are highly sophisticated high technology forms of transport. It takes 12 to 18 months to train a driver for just one route. Many who aspire to be a driverdrop by the wayside. They have to be knowledgeable of very complex rules governing safety. They have to be retested every 2 years. Fail and you will never drive a train again. At peak times they alone (since Anglia Trains got rid of guards) can be responsible for a thousand lives. It's a serious job with one hell of a responsibility.
In addition to the above, privatisation resulted in higher wages for drivers. The smaller train operating companies trained drivers only for their staff to be lured away to the larger companies who couldn't be bothered to spend larges sums of money on training preferring instead to offer higher wages and generous relocation packages to already competent drivers. Saved them a lot of money!
I don’t doubt the responsibility for train drivers. But it takes nearly 5 years to get a commercial pilots licences and cost approx £200,000.00 which the pilot generally funds. Its a funny old world!