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Rail passengers warned of disruption in next strike by Aslef drivers

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Rail passengers are being warned of fresh disruption to services because of a planned strike by train drivers at nine companies in the long-running row over pay and conditions.Industry leaders said the 24-hour strike by members of the Aslef union next Saturday, 13 August, coincides with another busy weekend of football, with Premier League games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton likely to be affected.Timetables will be published on Tuesday, but passengers are being advised to follow the latest travel advice, check before they set off, and allow extra time for their journey.Other companies not involved in the strike will be running trains, but these are expected to be busy.The strikes will affect Arriva Rail London, Avanti West Coast, Crosscountry, Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express), Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.Passengers are also advised to consider starting journeys on the Sunday instead.Passengers with advance, off-peak or anytime tickets who are affected by the strike can use their ticket either on the day before the date on the ticket, or up to and including Tuesday 16 August, or can change their tickets to travel on a different date, or get a refund if their train is cancelled or rescheduled.Steve Montgomery, the chair of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “We’re really disappointed that the Aslef leadership has, for the second time in as many weeks, decided to impose yet more uncertainty for passengers and businesses by disrupting passengers’ weekend plans.“I will reiterate what I’ve previously said – I am ready and willing to talk to the leadership of Aslef today, tomorrow or indeed any time next week.

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