Intruder hid in a tree after delaying hundreds of trains

Inset left: people standing and sitting in the aisle of an LNER train. Right, the exterior of a white and red LNER train on the tracks.

The intruder was eventually found in a tree in Hertfordshire after disrupting rail traffic (Images: Getty/Twitter)

An intruder responsible for at least 20 train cancellations and hundreds of delays has been found hiding in a tree in Hertfordshire.

The person boarded the main East Coast line, which runs from London to Edinburgh, during a busy weekend for passengers.

British Transport Police used helicopters and dog teams to locate the person at Potters Bar while Great Northern, LNER, Grand Central and Thameslink suffered delays.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “The person has been safely removed from the railroad and services are back in operation.”

The delays came ahead of a planned 24-hour Tube strike tomorrow that is set to close many stations in central London.

Which rail companies could be affected by the RMT strike?

RMT members from 14 organizations have voted to take part in a massive strike over wages, jobs and working conditions this summer.

If it continues, it is expected to be the largest strike of its kind in modern history and could leave supermarket shelves empty.

Network Rail employees who are responsible for signaling take part, as well as employees from these 13 different franchise operators:

  • Chiltern Railway
  • intercity trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • southeast railway
  • Südwestbahn
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express)*
  • Transpennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands trains

*Voted against strike but in favor of more limited industrial action.

Passengers have been advised not to travel on the London Underground before 8am throughout Monday and Tuesday unless it is “necessary”.

For those who must travel, Transport for London has urged customers to do so after 8am tomorrow and complete their journeys by 6pm that day.

The industrial action was taken by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union amid a row over pension plans and possible job cuts.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch warned he saw “no way out of the strikes”.

Network Rail RMT members and 15 rail operators have agreed to strike over working conditions this summer, with the strike expected to take place in mid-June.

Mr Lynch added that the action “could go on for a very, very long time” as the union wanted “to make the strike action as effective as possible”.

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