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Commuters heading to London from Grantham or Peterborough face delays due to LNER strike this weekend

Rail bosses are reminding commuters to beware of potential delays on routes to and from London this weekend due to more industrial strike action.

Aslef, the train drivers’ trade union, will take action on Saturday, April 20, including strikes and an overtime ban, against LNER due to complaints about their compliance with existing agreements.

LNER has issued warnings to passengers that this latest move will mean limited services between Edinburgh to King’s Cross including Peterborough, Grantham, and Doncaster, and will result in no services to places such as Lincoln, Harrogate, Skipton and Bradford Forster Square.

Where services will be affected. | Image: LNER/Twitter
Where services will be affected. | Image: LNER/Twitter

This will result in later first services and earlier last services.

Rail replacement coaches will run from Doncaster to Hull but no rail service will take place; however, the company says this is due to engineering work.

The company says this will also affect services on Friday and Sunday, due to preparations for Saturday and recovery afterward.

Passengers are urged to check their seats, reserve their places, and if they can claim a refund on LNER’s website.

Aslef accuses LNER of failing to adhere to negotiation procedures by using driver managers and driver instructors to work on strike days.

However, LNER says its priority focus remains on minimising disruption to customers and has encouraged Aslef to work with it to end the long-running dispute.

Drivers at 16 rail companies were due to strike across April and May due to long-running disputes over pay. However, the majority of those have now concluded, and Tube strikes due to take place in May have been called off.

The Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators, wants to resolve the dispute but warned of post-Covid costs to taxpayers."

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