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UK Train Strike Part of Crisis for World’s Oldest Railway

  • The walkout by some 40,000 staff will cut services to 20%
  • Rail industry struggles to adapt to new commuting habits
Signs warning commuters of upcoming industrial action at London Cannon Street railway station in London.
Signs warning commuters of upcoming industrial action at London Cannon Street railway station in London.Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg
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Britain’s biggest train strike in 30 years is set to upend travel Tuesday as the world’s oldest railroad struggles to redefine its role in a commuting landscape transformed by the coronavirus crisis.

The planned walkouts by 40,000 staff at 13 train operating companies and track manager Network Rail are aimed at securing job guarantees and pay hikes against a backdrop of spiraling inflation, union leaders said.