Train services will be back to their usual Bank Holiday levels after a planned strike which would have caused widespread travel chaos was called off.

Spanish rail strike could cause major delays. Image by Zaprittsky / CC BY 2.0

Train strike off. Image by Zaprittsky / CC BY 2.0 Image by Zaprittsky / CC BY 2.0

Unions suspended a 24-hour walkout due to start at 5pm on Monday after Network Rail tabled a new pay offer.

Leaders of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) will now consult with members over the new offer, made after the rejection of a proposed four-year pay deal.

Rail companies had started cancelling services next week and warned passengers not to travel, but they quickly reversed their advice after the breakthrough.

However, a large amount of engineering work has been planned for the holiday weekend which will have an impact on certain routes.