National rail strike: Travel only if your journey is essential, Bedford commuters have said Bedford News

Passengers should only travel when absolutely necessary on Thameslink during next week’s strike by RMT members of Network Rail and other train operators.

Operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) warns there will be very few trains each day since the start of the industrial action – from Tuesday June 21 to Sunday June 26 with expected congestion, particularly on the later trains as well as possible delays.

There will be no service on many routes on strike days (June 21, 23 and 25) and there will be late departures and early arrivals – from late afternoon – throughout the period.

Bedford Station

Services between St Pancras International and Bedford

There will be two trains per hour between St Pancras International and Bedford, calling at St Pancras International, West Hampstead Thameslink, St Albans City, Harpenden, Luton Airport Parkway, Luton, Leagrave, Harlington, Flitwick and Bedford only.

GTR has been in contact with schools, colleges and hospitals to inform them of the impact of the strike.

Although GTR’s RMT members voted only for non-strike action, the operator depends on Network Rail signallers and engineers to keep its trains moving, and its services connect to many managed lines and stations by other operators whose personnel take measurements.

Mark Killick, Network Rail’s route director, said: ‘We have trained 250 staff so that we can keep some of the busiest lines open, focusing our resources on the routes which can keep the greatest number of customers and goods. on the move and serving vital places such as hospitals. .”

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This notice was published: 2022-06-15 12:48:40

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