Rail operator Scotrail has announced that this week on Thursday and Saturday, there will be no services to Dunblane, Alloa or Stirling due to strike action involving RMT members and Network Rail.
Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) members are going on strike on August 18 and 20. The dispute does not relate to Scotrail staff, however, it does involve Network Rail in Scotland which will impact on the delivery of services according to the rail operator.
Scotrail has said that commuters should only travel “if they really need to” and that customers should anticipate “significant disruption” on both August 18 and August 20, as well as the day after.
The rail operator will run an increased number of services in the central belt, in comparison to previous periods of disruption earlier in the year. This time around approximately 378 services will run, comparatively during the last period of industrial action only 189 services ran as expected. However, these services will not run locally to Stirling, Alloa or Dunblane.
Those services which are available involve areas of the Central Belt and Fife, will run from 7.30 a.m. and “depart well before” 6.30 p.m.
The list of services which are available on August 18 and August 20
- Edinburgh Waverley – Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High: 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 via Shotts: one train per hour
- Edinburgh Waverley – Inverkeithing: two trains per hour
- Edinburgh Waverley – Tweedbank: two trains per hour
- Edinburgh Waverley – North Berwick: one train per hour
- Glasgow Queen Street – Larbert: one train per hour
- Glasgow Queen Street – Falkirk Grahamston: one train per hour
- Milngavie – Springburn: two trains per hour
Commenting on the disruption to services, David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, 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.”
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