RMT calls off rail strike

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The RMT has suspended a planned rail strike at Network Rail over the bank holiday, the union’s executive has decided.

Earlier there had been fears that train services around Portsmouth will be brought to a standstill on Monday and Tuesday as Network Rail employees stage a national strike over pay.

It is passengers who suffer most in the event of strikes.

David Sidebottom

Transport Focus, an independent watchdog representing passengers, had called for an urgent agreement between Network Rail and RMT union.

David Sidebottom, passenger director, said: ‘It is passengers who suffer most in the event of strikes.’

Train companies had warned commuters that services will be cancelled if the strikes goes ahead.

South West Trains, which operates the Portsmouth-to-London Waterloo line, had said it would stop services on Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday.