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Strike action leads to cancellation of ScotRail services

By David Porter

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ScotRail is reminding customers to expect significant travel disruption on Easter Sunday, April 4 because of strike action by the RMT union.

ScotRail services will be hit on six consecutive Sundays.
ScotRail services will be hit on six consecutive Sundays.

Conductors are taking part in the strike for six consecutive Sundays, in a bid to force an increase in overtime payments.

It means that services will be cancelled on a number of key routes and will have a significant impact on people who need to travel.

The RMT balloted its conductor members despite all ScotRail jobs being protected thanks to emergency Scottish Government support, with no staff placed on furlough or any cuts to basic wages or terms and conditions.

An emergency measures agreement (EMA) has been agreed with the Scottish Government, which will continue until at least September 2021, and means ScotRail can continue to operate services for key workers and keep its 5200 staff in secure jobs.

ScotRail has received more than £400million in extra government subsidy to allow it to operate a service for key workers and pay staff wages.

However, due to the industrial action being taken by RMT conductor members, the train operator says it will not be able to provide the same level of services for essential workers over the next five Sundays.

Services will be cancelled on the following routes:

· Aberdeen – Glasgow/Edinburgh

· Aberdeen – Inverurie/Inverness

· Aberdeen – Perth/Dundee

· Edinburgh – Inverness/Aberdeen

· Edinburgh – Inverkeithing/Glenrothes/Kirkcaldy/Perth/Dundee

· Edinburgh – Stirling/Dunblane

· Edinburgh – Tweedbank

· Edinburgh – North Berwick

· Edinburgh – Glasgow Central via Shotts

· Glasgow – Edinburgh via Falkirk High

· Glasgow – Anniesland

· Glasgow – Stirling/Alloa/Dunblane/Perth/Dundee

· Glasgow – Inverness/Aberdeen

· Glasgow – Cumbernauld

· Glasgow – Alloa

· Glasgow – Barrhead/Kilmarnock/Dumfries/Carlisle

· Glasgow – Stranraer

· Glasgow – Crainlarich/Oban/Fort William/Mallaig

· Inverness – Aberdeen/Edinburgh/Glasgow

· Inverness – Kyle of Lochalsh/Wick

For key workers, there will be limited bus services for University Hospital Hairmyres, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, and Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.

Customers are being advised to check their journeys to make sure trains are still running on their route.

Anyone who has already purchased a ticket can travel either the day before, or the day after the strike action.

Alternatively, a refund is available.

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