London Tube and train strike latest LIVE: Another day of chaos for commuters as union action rumbles on

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Rising inflation shows need for pay restraint, says Raab

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said the rising inflation figures showed the need for pay restraint in the public sector and on the railways.

It comes as UK inflation rose to 9.1 per cent in May, up from 9 per cent in April, according to the ONS.

He told Sky News there was a risk of a “vicious cycle” of rising wages pushing inflation even higher if union demands were met, saying the Government was taking a “firm line”.

“We are facing a global struggle against inflation, if you look at the UK figures they are broadly comparable to the US or, in Europe, the Dutch and the Belgians, and it’s going to be difficult.

“We really do understand the pressure that those on low incomes are facing at the moment, they are struggling to make ends meet.”

Setting out why public sector pay could not keep pace with inflation, he added: “If we don’t have those restraints, inflation will go higher for longer. And that will only severe the pay packages of workers, particularly the most vulnerable workers, for a longer period of time.

“We’re taking the action, we’re taking a firm line with, for example, the RMT union, precisely because we want to protect this erosion of pay packets by inflation.”

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‘Today is going to be quite a messy day’ for travel

Disruption caused by Tuesday’s rail strikes will mean that “today is going to be quite a messy day”, for travellers, the independent watchdog for transport users has said.

Anthony Smith, the chief executive of Transport Focus, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Today is going to be quite a messy day still.

Virtually all of the train companies have special timetables in place, services are starting up late and trains and staff are not in the right place.

“So please do not assume that this is a normal day.

“If you are going to travel by train check before you leave the house, check on the way to the station and, for goodness sake, bring a bottle of water with you.”

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What about Thursday?

National industrial action is due to take place on Thursday, with around 20 per cent of services due to run.

Just half of railway lines will be open, and only between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

Negotiations are taking place but passengers are still urged to check with train operators for updates to services.

The third strike of the week is planned for Saturday.

Around 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators are involved in the industrial action.

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Poll suggests 58 per cent of people think industrial action ‘justified’

A poll suggests 58 per cent of people agree with the industrial action, calling it “justified”.

Younger adults aged 18-34 (72 per cent) and Labor voters (79 per cent) were more likely to see the strikes as justified compared to their older, aged 55 and over, (44 per cent) and Conservative-voting (38 per cent) cent) counterparts.

Three out of five said they are generally supportive of the principle of industrial action, while just 35 per cent were generally opposed.

The survey of over 2,300 people was by Savanta ComRes.

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TfL: People advised to avoid making tube trips until mid-morning

Just before 7.30am on Wednesday, TfL showed that the Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Piccadilly and Waterloo and City lines were suspended.

The London Overground is part suspended.

A good service is running on the Northern and Victoria lines, the Elizabeth line, DLR and tram services, according to the TfL website.

TfL had earlier said that no Tube services will run before 8am.

People are being advised to avoid making tube journeys until mid-morning, with disruption likely to continue across the network.

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Only 60 per cent of trains running on Wednesday

Train services will continue to beed on Wednesday by this week’s rail strikes as talks disruptive in a bid to resolve a bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

Fewer than one in five trains ran on Tuesday after members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on Network Rail (NR) and 13 train operators staged the first of three walkouts, with strikes set to follow on Thursday and Saturday.

RMT members on London Underground also went on strike on Tuesday.

The joint action caused travel chaos across the UK, with journeys taking longer and roads rammed with traffic as people switched to cars or buses to get to work.

The chaos will continue on Wednesday, with only 60 per cent of trains running, mainly due to a delay to the start of services as signallers and control room staff are not doing overnight shifts.

The RMT will meet with NR and the train companies on Wednesday in another attempt to break the deadlock.

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good morning

Welcome to our rail strikes live blog, where we will be bringing you updates on that latest industrial action throughout the day.

Tuesday saw the largest Tube and rail strike in 30 years.

Thousands of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Network Rail and 13 train operators walked out in the biggest outbreak of industrial action on the railways for a generation.

Disruption continues today.

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