In Pictures: Pickets and fewer passengers as second rail strike hits services

Edinburgh Waverley, London Euston, London Paddington and Liverpool Lime Street were among the stations seeing fewer passengers than a typical weekday.

In Pictures: Pickets and fewer passengers as second rail strike hits services

Thousands of railway workers are staging their second strike of the week, impacting services across the country.

Edinburgh Waverley, London Euston, London Paddington and Liverpool Lime Street were among the stations seeing fewer passengers than a typical weekday.

Around 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators walked out again on Thursday after talks failed to resolve a bitter row over pay, jobs and conditions.

A man passes departure boards at Victoria station in London
A man passes departure boards at Victoria station in London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Passengers at Newcastle station, as train services continue to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions
Passengers at a quiet Newcastle station (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Passengers in Paddington Station in London, as train services continue to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union along with London Underground workers in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions
A flurry of passengers at Paddington station in London (Ashlee Ruggels/PA)

Services started later than normal at 7.30am and will shut down early at 6.30pm.

Passengers wait at Victoria station in London, as train services continue to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union along with London Underground workers in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions
A few passengers wait at Victoria station in London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
General view of empty platforms at Victoria station in London
Empty platforms at Victoria station (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
A passenger walks along a platform at Waverley Station in Edinburgh
A passenger walks along a platform at Waverley station in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The Government has announced plans to change the law to enable businesses to supply skilled agency workers to plug staffing gaps during industrial action.

Network Rail welcomed the move but Labour and unions condemned it as a “recipe for disaster”.

Passengers at Waterloo station, as train services continue to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the union in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions
Passengers during a busier period at Waterloo station (James Manning/PA)
The picket line outside Edinburgh Waverley station, as train services continue to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions
The picket line outside Edinburgh Waverley station (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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