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Rail strike in Britain. Most trains remain stationary.

For the first time several railway unions called a strike at the same time. (Archive)

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Most trains were halted at UK stations on Saturday due to widespread strike action. Only about eleven percent of regular connections should run, a special timetable shows.

There are no trains in parts of Great Britain due to strikes. Tens of thousands of railway workers from various operators wanted to stop working round the clock in their struggle for higher wages and better working conditions. For the first time several railway unions called a strike at the same time. More strike days are soon to follow. The collective bargaining standoff has been ongoing for months, and no agreement has yet been reached.

The London Marathon is hard to come by

Participants in Sunday’s London Marathon in the British capital sometimes had problems getting there, the BBC reported. The same applies to members of the Conservative Tory party, which is set to launch in Birmingham on Sunday.

Mike Lynch, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Association, apologized for the inconvenience to the public. “If we’re honest, like the Tory Congress, we’re certainly not targeting the London Marathon because those people are responsible for this situation,” he told the BBC. The British government called on the unions to reconsider their strikes. The Ministry of Transport said that disruptions in rail traffic will prevent passengers from traveling by train.