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Train drivers in the U.K are set to resume strikes at the start of October for two days, the BBC reported Friday.

Drivers at 12 rail companies in the U.K are expected to strike on Oct 1 and 5.

The dates coincide with the scheduled beginning and end of the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.

The news comes after a planned strike on Sept 15 was postponed out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II’s death last week.

Train drivers’ union Aslef said it will not be making any public statements or comments on further strike action until Tuesday.

David Horne, managing director of the London North Eastern Railway, one of the affected train lines, tweeted that the union had informed the firm of its upcoming strike action.

Strikes have affected U.K train routes this year over a long-running row with different unions representing rail workers over pay and work conditions.

And the summer of strikes could be heading into a new season of strikes.

On Friday, French air traffic control went on strike, cancelling hundreds of flights to and from France, as well as flights heading over the country.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the White House announced a tentative agreement between U.S rail firms and 12 rail unions to avoid a strike. The strike stoked fears of inflationary pressure and supply concerns in the grain markets.

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