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Second 24-hour rail walkout after talks collapse - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Second 24-hour rail walkout after talks collapse

A second 24-hour rail strike is under way across Scotland after the latest talks between the RMT union and railway employers collapsed.

It means a third day of disruption for passengers after the first strike on Tuesday was followed by a reduction in services on Wednesday.

The latest bid to end the strike broke down with the RMT accusing the UK government of "wrecking" negotiations.

Operator ScotRail is urging people to check their journeys in advance.

The staggered reopening of signal boxes will also lead to a reduction in scheduled services on Friday and Sunday, either side of the third 24-hour walkout on Saturday.

About 40,000 Network Rail staff are believed to have stood down at midnight on Tuesday in a dispute over pay, working conditions and redundancies.

ScotRail cancelled 90% of its services while cross-border services were also badly affected.

On the days of strike action the operator is only running services on five routes across the country between the hours 07:30 and 18:30.

These routes are:

  • Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh to Bathgate: two trains per hour
  • Glasgow to Hamilton/Larkhall: two trains per hour
  • Glasgow to Lanark: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts: one train per hour
  • In a bid to reduce pressure on the limited services ScotRail is advising customers to only travel if they really need to and to consider alternative options where possible.

It is believed many people have chosen to work at home on strike days, with Transport Scotland reporting no significant increase in road traffic on Tuesday.

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