Vast majority of Scottish trains to be hit by rail strike

Most Scottish train services will be affected by strike
Most Scottish train services will be affected by strike

Most trains in Scotland will be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday next week because of a strike by rail workers.

ScotRail confirmed that the “vast majority” of train services across Scotland would be hit.

Signallers, maintenance staff and station workers are set to walk out at 5.00 p.m. on Bank Holiday Monday in the first UK-wide rail strike for 21 years.

The RMT union is in dispute with track operator Network Rail over pay.

The union said its latest proposals were an “attack” on workers’ living standards and that workers also had concerns about safety issues.

The potential action also involves members of the TSSA union and Unite.

Talks at the arbitration service Acas are ongoing in a bid to avoid the strike, which could involve 25,000 staff across the UK.

ScotRail said final details of amended timetables would not be confirmed until later this week but it anticipated running very few services on May 25 and 26.

The services listed below are likely to run on a reduced basis and will operate largely between 7.15 a.m. and 5.45 p.m. on the days listed.

Monday, May 25 only

Glasgow Central - Paisley Gilmour Street

Glasgow Central - Neilston via Queens Park

Glasgow Central - Newton via Maxwell Park

Monday, May 25 & Tuesday, May 26

Edinburgh - Glasgow via Falkirk High

Edinburgh - Kirkcaldy - Glenrothes

Edinburgh - Cowdenbeath - Glenrothes

Glasgow Central - East Kilbride

Glasgow Queen St (High Level) - Anniesland

Glasgow Queen St (Low Level) - Cumbernauld

All other services will be cancelled all day Monday and Tuesday.

ScotRail has launched a dedicated web page where it will be posting timetables for the routes that will be running during the strike.

Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “I am disappointed that our customers have to experience this level of disruption. We are doing everything we can to safely run as many services as is possible under the circumstances.”