Strike action is set to cause disruption to an east London railway line with train cancellations expected on at least two days.

Rail operator c2c has announced that due to a walk out by train drivers from the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) no trains will run on September 30 and October 4.

Action short of a strike is also planned for September 29 as well as between October 2 to 6.

No announcement has yet been made as to what level of services will run on these day.

Rob Mullen, c2c managing director, said: “I’m really disappointed that an agreement with our trade union hasn’t been reached.

“The impact of this ongoing action is significant for our customers and colleagues.

“I’m hopeful that further meetings with the unions are productive and see progress made toward concluding this challenging time for the railway.”

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, told PA Media: “While we regret having to take this action – we don’t want to lose a day’s pay or disrupt passengers as they travel by train – the Government and employers have forced us into this position.

“Our members have not had a pay rise for four years – since 2019 – and that’s not right when prices have soared in that time.

“Train drivers quite reasonably want to be able to buy now what they could buy four years ago.”

The timing of the walk-out by ASLEF members will coincide with the Conservative party’s annual conference.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “Further strike action will not only put a strain on taxpayers, but risk driving passengers away from the network for good.

“These strikes will not prevent the need for essential workplace reforms.”