ScotRail services return to normal but Christmas strike threat looms

ScotRail services will return to normal timetables on Tuesday after planned strike action was suspended.

etwork Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) railway workers were due to quit on Saturday 5 November, Monday 7 November and Wednesday 9 November, but on Friday the RMT announced it would suspend measures, to facilitate payment negotiations.

ScotRail was unable to reintroduce services earlier than Tuesday because Network Rail was unable to fully open all routes, the operator said.

The train operator encourages customers planning to travel in the coming days to continue to check their entire journey before heading to the station.

David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said: “We are delighted to be able to reintroduce our normal timetable.

“We know how dependent people across the country are on rail travel, so it will be welcome news for customers that ScotRail services will no longer be affected by strike action on Wednesday.

“However, I would encourage customers to continue to check their journey before traveling on the ScotRail website or mobile app.”

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The threat of strikes and our strongly backed industry campaign have brought the railway companies to their senses.

“We have always wanted to reach a negotiated settlement and we will continue to push for that in this next phase of intensive talks.

“Our priority is our members and we are working to reach an agreement on job security, a decent salary increase and good working conditions.”

She is continuing her re-election of members to secure a new mandate to act, the result of which is due on November 15th.

There could be more rail chaos in Scotland as the union threatens to pull out every Friday and Saturday in the run up to Christmas as part of a separate dispute with ScotRail.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/scotrail-services-return-to-normal-but-christmas-strike-threat-looms-42126644.html ScotRail services return to normal but Christmas strike threat looms

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