Trains canceled in UK as unions stage 2nd 24-hour walkout

LONDON (AP) — Millions of people in Britain are facing disruption as railway staff stage their second national walkout of the week. The 24-hour walkout by 40,000 cleaners, signalers, maintenance workers and station staff canceled about four-fifths of passenger services across the country on Thursday. Train stations were largely deserted. Highways also were less busy than expected. Many people appeared to heed advice to avoid travel. A third strike is planned for Saturday as part of Britain’s biggest and most disruptive railway strike in 30 years. Meanwhile, British Airways check-in staff and other ground crew at Heathrow Airport voted to strike during the summer holiday season in a dispute over pay.