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A series of strikes planned for this week which would have hit train services as well as London Underground and Overground have been cancelled.

The unions say they have taken the move following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The strikes were anticipated to be the most disruptive on national railways yet because two unions were involved.

It is understood that strike action will resume after the official period of mourning has been completed.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, "RMT joins the whole nation in paying its respects to Queen Elizabeth.

"The planned railway strike action on 15 and 17 September is suspended.

"We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country."

A spokesperson for ASLEF which represents train drivers who were planning to strike, “In the light of the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, ASLEF has decided to postpone its industrial action on Thursday 15 September. We express our deepest condolences to her family, her friends, and the country.

Bus strikes on London United services scheduled for Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September have also been postponed.


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September 15, 2022