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Train strikes: transport secretary claims biggest rail walkout in 30 years is ‘a stunt’ – live updates

Grant Shapps says government will not get involved in solving rail dispute as commuters face massive disruption on UK railways and London Underground

  • Passengers face disruption as Britain’s biggest rail strike for decade begins
  • Explained: what is happening on the rail network?

Passengers attempting to use the service to find out what trains are running during the rail strike are being shown a message stating: “500 Internal Server Error”, PA reports.

Speaking on Sky News this morning, transport secretary Grant Schapps said government is not going to get involved as it would “make matters worse”, and added that employers are the ones with the mandate and technical details to negotiate.

this is a stunt, which I’m afraid you’re falling for, by the unions and the labour party — the labour party who wont even condemn these strikes today, and the unions who only last month were saying they would not negotiate with the government, and have suddenly decided, running out of things to say, that they’ll suddenly call on ministers to talk to them and walk in the room with them directly. It wouldn’t resolve anything in fact it would make matters worse and thats why i’m not in the room.

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