MPs voted for paying themselves a rise of £2,000.

If an average of £2,000 rise were paid to 40,000 rail workers , this would be approximately seven per cent and cost £ 80 million.

I suggest losses to economy including tourism this week will be at least this amount.

Another issue is that staff in ticket offices and guards on trains are seen as “old-fashioned”.

They will no longer be employed; they are “inefficient” compared with machines selling tickets.

As passengers, many of us like personal advice and service at a ticket office.

At my local station there is no ticket office; the programme on the ticket machine is difficult to operate.

So many passengers prefer to pay the conductor. The strikers seek to maintain these valuable services and jobs.

Bob Holland