Rail passengers in Highland Perthshire and those across Scotland and the rest of the UK will face further disruption this month as Network Rail staff who are part of the RMT Union take further industrial action.
RMT have put a new offer from Network Rail to its member with a recommendation to reject in an electronic referendum with closes on Monday 12th December. As it stands all planned strike action for December on the 13th, 14th 16th and 17th will go ahead as planned.
Further strike action will take place, with members instructed not to book on from between 6pm on December 24th through to 5:59am on December 27th. This strike coincides with the wind down of passenger services and the commencement of engineering works.
There are also another two planned actions in January with staff walking out on the 3rd and 4th, 6th and 7th of January.
Significant disruption will be felt on train services up and down the country, with the action involving Network Rail signallers and maintenance staff who are in safety-critical roles.
ScotRail and LNER who operate the train services through Highland Perthshire are evaluating how the strikes will impact their timetable, but both will likely be running a reduced timetable.
For the latest information on how the strikes will impact LNER visit https://www.lner.co.uk/travel-information/Industrial-action/ and for ScotRail visit https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/passenger-disruption/industrial-action