By Jonathan Davies

The rail strike planned for next week by Network Rail workers has been called off by the union.

Members of the Rail, Maritime & Transport (RMT) union were due to hold a 24 hour strike from 5pm on 4 June and a 48 hour strike on 9 June after rejecting the latest pay deal from Network Rail.

The strikes were expected to cause widespread, major disruption, with train drivers, conductors and signalers all expected to strike.

A spokesperson for arbitration service, Acas, said: "After four days of intensive talks, Acas has helped Network Rail, RMT, TSSA and Unite formulate a set of revised proposals that the trades unions will now take away to consider. Recognising this, the RMT has agreed to suspend the industrial action planned for this week and next."

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne: "I am very pleased that the industrial action has been suspended. With Acas's help, we have had very constructive talks with the unions over the weekend and I hope they will be able to agree this deal."

The unions last week called off a similar strike planned for bank holiday Monday.