Due to strike action by Reliable Multicast Transport (RMT), Highland Perthshire will see significant disruption to the train service. No trains will run through Highland Perthshire on Thursday the 18th of August and Saturday the 20th of August. There will also be a significant impact from the strikes on Friday the 19th of August and Sunday the 21st of August.
The strike is due to a pay dispute between RMT members and Network Rail. Whilst ScotRail are not involved in this pay dispute, many of the Network Rail Staff who will be taking part in the industrial strike, work in crucial safety roles in Scotland meaning that it will not be possible for ScotRail to run a vast majority of their services.
ScotRail Service Delivery Director, David Simpson said: “It is very unfortunate to see such widespread disruption across the whole of the Great Britain rail network and we know this will be frustrating for ScotRail customers.
“Regrettably, this strike action by RMT members of Network Rail means that we will not be able to operate the vast majority of our services during the period of strike action. Customers should expect significant disruption to services on strike days, as well as the following day.
“We are able to operate on more routes than on the previous day of strike action, however, we are still only able to run a very limited number of services on these routes, so we’re advising customers to seek alternative means of transport and to only travel if they really need to.”
In the days following the strike action, there will be continued disruption due to the signal boxes being reopened at different times across the rail network. The signal boxes are a key piece of infrastructure and are in control of the train movements. The use of the boxes is critical to the trains running safely.
Before making your journey, check the ScotRail app or visit: http://scotrail.co.uk/