Rail passengers in West Norfolk are being urged to make alternative arrangements ahead of a planned strike by signallers and maintenance staff on bank holiday Monday.
Members of the RMT union are expected to take industrial action on Monday and Tuesday in a pay dispute with Network Rail, although talks are continuing.
In a statement posted on its website this afternoon, Great Northern, the company which operates most passenger services between West Norfolk and London, urged passengers not to travel at all on the strike days.
The company has also warned passengers to expect major disruption next Wednesday, May 27, as well.
The firm said: “We have been advised by Network Rail that if industrial action by their signallers and maintenance staff goes ahead on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May and Tuesday 26 May, then we will be able to operate only a very limited service to only some of our key stations from only around 7.30am until only mid-afternoon on both days. There may be severe disruption all day on Wednesday as well.
“We cannot guarantee that we will be able to run or maintain this level of service and we advise you not to travel. Those services that do run will be extremely busy.
“The number of trains we are permitted to operate by Network Rail will be very limited indeed. We cannot therefore guarantee to get you to your destination.”
Passengers who have to travel are being advised to do so either before or after the strike, on Sunday or Wednesday.
They are also being advised to keep checking for updates in case the situation changes over the coming days. Refunds can also be obtained for tickets which have already been purchased.
If it goes ahead, the walkout will be the first nationwide rail strike for 20 years.