Stirling trains cancelled ahead of Network Rail strike

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ScotRail has cancelled train services across Scotland next week following the announcement of the Network Rail industrial action.

The strike will take place on June 21, 23, and 25 after the RMT union announced three days of strike action across the Great Britain railway network resulting from a pay dispute with Network Rail and some Department for Transport train operating companies.

As a result, all ScotRail services in Stirling will not run these days.

ScotRail will only run five services between 07:30 and 18:30 on the days of the strike, with major disruption also expected following each day of industrial action.

These services will run on 21, 23, and 25 June:

  • Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk High: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh – Bathgate: two trains per hour
  • Glasgow – Hamilton/Larkhall: two trains per hour
  • Glasgow – Lanark: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh – Glasgow via Shotts: one train per hour

ScotRail Service Delivery Director, David Simpson, said: “It is very unfortunate to see such widespread disruption across the whole of the Great Britain rail network and we know this will be frustrating for ScotRail customers.

“Regrettably, this strike action by RMT members of Network Rail means that we will not be able to operate the vast majority of our services during the period of strike action.

“Customers should expect significant disruption to services next week, including on the days between strike action.

“On the five routes where we are able to operate a very limited service on strike days, we’re advising customers to seek alternative means of transport and to only travel if they really need to.”

Stirling’s MP, Alyn Smith, has called for Network Rail to offer alternative transport options following the news of the strike next week. He said: “The disruption facing our railways is a complex picture, with multiple disputes and parties involved.

“In this specific instance, the UK Government must have confidence that Network Rail are doing everything possible to offer a reasonable settlement and negotiate in good faith.

“Scottish passengers shouldn’t suffer for any UK Government inaction on this. Alternative means of transport should also be available, to avoid increasing the number of cars on our roads.”

Further information on the disruption and updated timetables during the week of action can be found here.

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