Additional rail disruption anticipated as two days of strike motion start

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rain providers throughout Scotland can be severely disrupted on Thursday and Saturday with solely a handful of providers operating as rail workers take additional strike motion.

ScotRail has warned passengers a really restricted variety of providers will run on Thursday on account of industrial motion by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) which has been locked in an ongoing battle over pay, jobs and circumstances with Community Rail.

Companies will function between 7.30am and 6.30pm and ScotRail has urged passengers to examine providers forward of journey and solely journey whether it is obligatory.

The operator has additionally warned passengers to count on disruption on Friday August 20 and Sunday August 21 following the strikes as providers are restarted.

  • Edinburgh Waverley – Glasgow Queen Road by way of Falkirk Excessive: two trains per hour 
  • Edinburgh Waverley – Helensburgh Central: two trains per hour 
  • Glasgow Central – Hamilton/Larkhall: two trains per hour  
  • Glasgow Central – Lanark: two trains per hour  
  • Edinburgh Waverley – Glasgow Central by way of Shotts: one prepare per hour
  • Edinburgh Waverley – Inverkeithing: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh Waverley – Tweedbank: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh Waverley – North Berwick: one prepare per hour
  • Glasgow Queen Road – Larbert: one prepare per hour
  • Glasgow Queen Road – Falkirk Grahamston: one prepare per hour
  • Milngavie – Springburn: two trains per hour

RMT picket strains can be in place at Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley from 7am on Thursday, with a “picket on the fringe” at 10am on Waverley bridge.

David Simpson, ScotRail Service Supply Director, stated: “It is vitally unlucky to see such widespread disruption throughout the entire of the Nice Britain rail community and we all know this can be irritating for ScotRail clients.  

“Regrettably, this strike motion by RMT members of Community Rail signifies that we will be unable to function the overwhelming majority of our providers through the interval of strike motion.

“Clients ought to count on vital disruption to providers on strike days, in addition to the next day. 

“We’re capable of function on extra routes than on the day prior to this of strike motion, nonetheless, we’re nonetheless solely capable of run a really restricted variety of providers on these routes, so we’re advising clients to hunt different technique of transport and to solely journey in the event that they really want to.

The Transport Salaried Workers Affiliation (TSSA) union can even take strike motion on providers that serve Scotland together with Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry and LNER.

Talking at a public assembly in Glasgow on Tuesday night, normal secretary of the RMT, Mick Lynch, stated the dispute wouldn’t be over till “members determine it’s over”.

“The dispute that we’re in, is a member-led dispute.” he stated.

Mick Lynch, normal secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT). (Aaron Chown) / PA Wire

“And it’ll not be settled till our members determine it’s over.

“This dispute we’re in is a defensive dispute. It’s not about pay, pay is a part of it, however it’s about our jobs initially.

“For those who haven’t acquired a job, you’re not going to get a pay rise.

“Do they ever wish to discuss that? No, it’s ‘grasping railway employees, prepare drivers wages’.

“For those who’re engaged on the gate line down at Glasgow Central, you aren’t on a prepare driver’s wage. You’re not any higher off than any public sector employee.”

The RMT declare Community Rail is making an attempt to impose obligatory redundancies and cuts to upkeep work and has accused rail chiefs of placing public security in danger.

Andrew Haines, Community Rail chief govt, stated: “It saddens me that we’re once more having to ask passengers to avoid the railway for 2 days this week as a consequence of pointless strike motion, after we ought to be serving to them get pleasure from their summers.

“We’ve got made and truthful supply however, except our TSSA administration grades who accepted the deal, our unions are refusing to let our workers have a say and, sadly, meaning extra disruption on the rail community.

“We’ll run as many providers as we are able to on Thursday and Saturday, however it should solely be round a fifth of the same old timetable, so please solely journey if completely obligatory and, for those who should journey, plan forward and examine when your final prepare can be.”

ScotRail providers operating on Thursday, August 18

– Edinburgh Waverley – Glasgow Queen Road by way of Falkirk Excessive: two trains per hour 

– Edinburgh Waverley – Helensburgh Central: two trains per hour 

– Glasgow Central – Hamilton/Larkhall: two trains per hour  

– Glasgow Central – Lanark: two trains per hour  

– Edinburgh Waverley – Glasgow Central by way of Shotts: one prepare per hour

– Edinburgh Waverley – Inverkeithing: two trains per hour

– Edinburgh Waverley – Tweedbank: two trains per hour

– Edinburgh Waverley – North Berwick: one prepare per hour

– Glasgow Queen Road – Larbert: one prepare per hour

– Glasgow Queen Road – Falkirk Grahamston: one prepare per hour

– Milngavie – Springburn: two trains per hour


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