Thousands of commuters are experiencing slightly better service than normal this morning as members of the RMT union have gone on strike.

“I knew my train had been cancelled an hour beforehand, ” Said Mary Harper, “Normally they tell me it’ll be 2 minutes late, then 4 minutes late, then 12 minutes late, then 30 minutes late and THEN cancel it. This is much better.”

The strike by five operators, Southern, Northern, South Western, Merseyrail and Greater Anglia railways, lasts for up to three days.

Services are expected to return to normal afterwards, much to the disappointment of commuters.

Quentin D Fortesqueue is a founding editor of The Rochdale Herald. Part time amateur narcissist and full time satirist Quentin is never happier than when playing his lute and drinking a full bodied Bordeaux. He rarely plays the lute and never gets to drink Bordeaux.