Train and rail strikes by the RMT Union have been suspended after it was announced yesterday that Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral Castle yesterday.
RMT head Mick Lynch offered his “deepest condolences” to the Queen’s family and friends after it was confirmed that the strikes, which were planned for September 15 and 17, would not be going ahead.
“RMT joins the whole nation in paying its respects to Queen Elizabeth. The planned railway strike action on September 15 and 17 is suspended. We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country.”
Thousands of visitors are expected to travel using rail services to pay their respects to the monarch who died at the age of 96.
A strike alongside the RMT was also due to to take place on September 15 by Aslef, but these had been postponed separately.
The RMT strikes were due to involve around 40,000 workers across 14 different rail lines in Britain. It is also thought that no strikes will affect other key dates including the Queen’s funeral and the coronation of King Charles III.
A Royal Mail strike planned for Friday has also been called off.
It is believed that the RMT will rearrange the strikes over pay for a later date, but it has not yet been announced when these will be.