BRITS have been warned not to travel by rail this weekend due to strike action by train drivers.

Travellers can expect severe disruption this Saturday as no trains will be running from London’s Euston station.

Travellers have been warned there will be no trains in or out of Euston station on Saturday due to strike action
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Some 6,500 members of the ASLEF union are expected to walk out
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Members of the ASLEF union are due to walk out for one day, affecting the services from a number of train companies.

Around 6,500 drivers are expected to not show up to work over ongoing disputes regarding pay.

As well as no services in or out of Euston station, no services will be operated by Avanti West Coast and London Northwestern Railway who are advising people not to travel.

London Underground’s Euston station will still be in operation although entrances and exits to the train station will be closed.

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Operators not involved in the strike action are expected to be extremely busy.

Routes between London and the Midlands, the North and Scotland will be particularly heavily impacted.

And that is set to cause major headaches for travelling away fans throughout the Premier League and EFL.

Incredibly, just one of the seven Premier League matches on Saturday looks set to be unaffected – Leicester’s 3pm kick-off away at Arsenal.

James Dean, Network Rail West Coast South route director,said: “We’re sorry to passengers who’ll be impacted by the ASLEF strike by train drivers this Saturday.

“With the majority of Euston’s train operators involved we’ve taken the difficult decision to close the station all day.

“I’d please urge people to follow the advice of their train operator for information on ticketing and refunds.

“You can also plan your journey for an alternative day by using the National Rail Enquiries website.”

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan previously said: “We don’t want to inconvenience passengers – not least because our friends and families use public transport, too, and we believe in building trust in the railways in Britain – and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike.

“But we’ve been forced into this position by the train companies, driven by the Tory government. The drivers at the companies where we are striking have had a real terms pay cut over the last three years – since April 2019.

“And these companies are offering us nothing, saying their hands have been tied by the government. That means, in real terms, with inflation running ahead at 9 per cent, 10 per cent, and even 11 per cent this year, according to which index you use, that they are being told to take a real terms pay cut. And that is not acceptable.”

A previous strike held at the end of last month by ASLEF members caused travel chaos.

The strike by members of rail union ASLEF has seen journeys across country axed – with desperate sunseekers forced to take to the road instead.

But increased traffic left motorways jam-packed with massive tailbacks.

Congestion was so bad on the M6 that some stir-crazy drivers got out their cars and began a roadside rave.

The news about Saturday’s train strike comes as courts staff voted to strike in a dispute over a new case management system.

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) said its members working as legal advisers and court associates in magistrates’ courts in England and Wales voted by nine to one for strikes over using the so-called Common Platform system.

The union said 180 of its members were involved in the row.

Nearly 10,000 civil servants are set to vote on industrial action amid a dispute with the Scottish Government over an offer described as a “real terms pay cut”.

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The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the largest civil service trade union in the UK, has announced it will ballot its members as part of the ongoing dispute.

The row began in December 2021 when the Scottish Government published its 2022/23 pay policy, which PCS argue is a “real terms pay cut”.

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Huge demand is expected on the train services that do run on Saturday[/caption]

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