Travellers in Scotland have again been warned of “serious disruptions” to rail services as workers prepare for strike action.
network railway Workers who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) are undergoing two 24-hour shutdowns: Saturday 1 October and Saturday 8 October as part of a wage dispute
This comes amid a wave of industrial action in the rail industry, and RMT members will also Scottish Railway Strike on Monday 10 October.
On October 1 and October 8, ScotRail will run 379 trains – one more train than was able to run during the strike action in August.
While the rail operator typically runs about 2,150 services a day, for the next two Saturdays it will only run trains on 11 routes across the Central Strip, Fifeand borders.
ScotRail’s director of service delivery, David Simpson, said the “vast majority” of services would not be operational, causing “significant disruptions”.
He said: “It is disappointing to see wider disruptions across the UK rail network at a time when we need to encourage more people to get back on the rails.
“For ScotRail, this means we will not be able to operate the vast majority of our services, which we know will be very frustrating for our customers.”
Mr Simpson added that the ripple effect of industrial action would also affect services on Sunday 2 October and Sunday 9 October.
ScotRail customers should expect significant service disruption on Saturday 1 October and Saturday 8 October and the following days,” he warned.
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“We advise customers to look for alternative transport and only travel if they really need it on the day of the strike.
“If you are travelling the day after strike action (Sunday 2 October and Sunday 9 October), customers should check your itinerary ahead of time to ensure your trains are running.”
On Saturday 1st October and Saturday 8th October ScotRail will run two trains per hour on the following lines:
- edinburgh Waverley Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High School
- Edinburgh Waverley to Helensburgh Central
- Glasgow Central to Hamilton/Lackhall
- Glasgow Central to Lanark Line
- Edinburgh Waverley to Cowdenbeats Line
- Edinburgh Waverley to Tweed Bank
- Milngavie to Springburn
Trains will run hourly at Edinburgh Waverley via the Shotts line to Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley to Larbert line, Glasgow Queen Street to Larbert line and Glasgow Queen Street to Falkirk Grahamston line.
The service will run between 7.30am and 6.30pm, although ScotRail has warned travellers that the final service will run “before” this time.
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