Chaos on network

Commuters disrupted as rail workers strike

ScotRail train WaverleyUpdated: Commuters faced disruption today as rail workers launched the first of a series of strikes over plans to extend driver-only trains.

More than one in four services were cancelled, with no trains running on 11 lines, including to North Berwick, Stranraer, Mallaig, Wick and Kyle of Lochalsh.

A number of other routes operated with less frequent trains than normal and only between 7am and 7pm. Services on most routes in and around Glasgow were unaffected,

Some trains are bing replaced by buses.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will also take action on 23, 25 and 26 June, 3, 10 and 17 July.

ScotRail is advising passengers to check its website for updates and to help plan their journey, and has warned those trains that are running will be busier. It has recommended people travel outwith peak times or use alternative routes.

In a statement on its website, it says: “We remain committed to holding further talks in a bid to avoid any action. In the meantime we are putting plans in place to run as many trains as possible to help you get where you need to go.”

The RMT claimed ScotRail was refusing to meet at the conciliation service Acas, while ScotRail boss Phil Verster said: “We have guaranteed that there will be no job losses, no redundancies, guaranteed pay, guaranteed terms and conditions so with these guarantees we only want to improve the railway.”


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