The rail strikes are having a huge impact across the UK, disrupting millions of commuters - including those using trams in Bury.

Tram operator KeolisAmey Metrolink is not involved in the strikes this week, but Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has announced that they will be operating additional double services cross the network on the affected dates in order to create extra capacity on the network.

A TfGM spokesman said: “Metrolink services will continue to operate on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June.

“All lines will run to their usual frequency and times, except the Altrincham line.”

The service from Altrincham to Bury will only be operating from 7am – 7pm at a 12-minute frequency.

Passengers on the Metrolink and bus services are warned that train tickets won’t be accepted on these services, and they will need to purchase a separate bus or Metro ticket.

Drivers have also been warned that roads across Bury and Greater Manchester will be busier as travellers using the rail network will be using alternative travel.

Commuters are urged to plan their journeys ahead.

Only 20 per cent of trains are running after staff walked off the job at midnight last night.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) are striking over pay and redundancies and London Underground workers have gone on strike over pensions and job losses.

Bury North MP James Daly reacted to the strike yesterday, calling it "extremely damaging" and believes union bosses are set on prioritising their own political intentions.