Network Rail are facing the possibility of strike action by 20,000 workers over the Easter period. The possible strike is down to rows over job cuts, working policies and pay. The RMT union is balloting maintenance and signalling workers at the moment, the results should be announced by the end of the week.

Network Rail are currently working on contingency plans for if the strike goes ahead. It’s operations director, Robin Gisby said that he believed that trains could be kept running if they draft in managers and supervisors to help.

An official statement on the Network Rail website about the proposed changes states “this is the digital age not the steam age so we need to change so we can deliver the railway Britain needs in the 21st century.”

For those of you who are also following the similar strike action threat by British Airways cabin crew can follow the regularly updated stories at our sister blog Villaseek. We hope that the Network Rail situation does not continue in the same vein as BA and Unite talks (which recently broke down again) as undoubtedly even with contingency plans in place there will be the possibility of disruption to rail journeys.