KEVIN HOLLINRAKE has criticised today's railway strikes.

The Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton said the strikes are "deeply frustrating for those affected, especially given the government's financial interventions kept trains running through the pandemic."

Strike action was taken by members of the RMT transport union over jobs, pay and conditions after union leaders failed to reach an agreement with train bosses on pay rises. 

Kevin Hollinrake said: "Both in my work on the Treasury Select Committee and in Parliament more generally, I have consistently raised the issue of cost of living to ministers and appreciate the difficulties many are facing.

"The £37bn given out in support will mean 100% of households receive a level of support, making up for the shortfall some are experiencing.

"While taxpayers continue to foot the bill, I support the position that the Government cannot bend to union demands for huge pay increases, thereby fuel inflation. On top of this, the private workforce would not see the same increase.

"It is disappointing that the unions are threatening industrial action before engaging in meaningful talks to try and find a resolution."

Disruptions are expected to continue tomorrow as overnight walkouts could delay services by four hours.

Trains will be unable to leave depots until the day shift starts between 6am-6.30am, rather than usual time of between 3am-4am.