The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has announced that it will be suspending all strike action at Network Rail after receiving a new pay offer.

Workers were set to walk out on Thursday, March 16 alongside train company staff but this is no longer going to happen.

If workers employed by train companies do take part in strikes from March 16 there will still be disruption, but it will be less severe if Network Rail had joined them.

An RMT spokesperson said: "The RMT National Executive Committee has taken the decision to suspend all industrial action on Network Rail following receipt of a new offer from the employer.

"Further updates will be given on all aspects of the national rail dispute in the coming days."

Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said: "We are relieved for our people, passengers and freight customers that industrial action in Network Rail has now been suspended. We look forward to further information on plans for a referendum."

Disputes over pay and conditions have been going on for some time between the RMT and the Government, with many strikes previously taking place since the start of the summer of 2022.

The head of the RMT, Mick Lynch, has become well-known as a result, with his robust defence of striking workers leading to friction with the Transport Secretary.