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Disruption to Continue Even as Train Services Resume

Rail strike causes train chaos and surge in road traffic

Heavy disruption is expected to continue across Scotland’s Rail networks even as train services resume today. RMT workers are striking in three days of Industrial action on the 21st, 23rd and 25th of June with services running on the 22nd and 24th.

This one day off, one day on strike approach means disruption remains even when services are running, as signal boxes across the county reopen at different times. The central belt signal box will be open from 7:15am but this time is much later other routes with the first train passing through Pitlochry to Perth not until 12:30pm.

Speaking in a press release David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said: “Regrettably, the disruption caused by the RMT Network Rail strike action extends to the days following strike action as well. This is due to Network Rail signal boxes across Scotland’s Railway opening at different times throughout the day.

“This means, for some routes, it may be later in the day before we’re able to operate services as normal.

“I’d encourage anyone planning to travel on the railway on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, to check their journey in advance to see if their train is running, and on days of strike action to only travel if they really need to on the five routes where services are operating.”

Scotrail is urging anyone travelling on the rail network on the days in-between the strikes, to check their journey in advance.

Three days of strike actions were announced by the RMT union last week following a pay dispute with Network Rail and some department of Transport train operating companies. Scotrail are not involved in the dispute, however the knock-on effect of the action from Network Rail staff working in Scotland’s signal boxes has caused the disruption.

The industrial action and disruption caused to the railway next works impacts workers and local business including those in the hospitality industry, with the action affect train services on Wednesday 22nd of June, the day the Eagles play at Murrayfield and Sunday 26th of June when Liam Gallagher is playing at Hampden. With fans traveling to the Eagles concert also warned of the impact of the temporary timetable.

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Vicki Unite is concerned over the impact the disruption will have on businesses saying: “For business on the road to recovery after the devastation of the pandemic, it really is the last thing they need. The impact will be felt particularly by rural business in the already fragile hospitality and tourism industries for example, for whom transport is a commercial lifeline.”

Mrs Unite went on to say “After covid in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, if people can’t rely on rail transport to get to a venue many will understandable elect to stay at home and this could then spell disaster for some business. Cancelled hotel and restaurant bookings will deprive them of essential revenue as they try to rebuild.”

You can find information on what services will be running in between the strike action at https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/passenger-disruption/industrial-action.

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