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London-Edinburgh rail services canceled and Glasgow route reduced during West Coast Avanti strike

London-Edinburgh rail services canceled and Glasgow route reduced during West Coast Avanti strike
London-Edinburgh rail services canceled and Glasgow route reduced during West Coast Avanti strike

Rail services between England and parts of Scotland were canceled or severely reduced due to a strike on Sunday.

No Avanti West Coast trains will run from London or Manchester to Edinburgh, while those to Glasgow will only run once an hour during a walkout by train managers represented by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union .

Those planning to cross the border on Sunday have been urged to find alternative means and check whether or not their service is working before setting out on their journey.

The strikes are the latest wave of action in a long-running dispute over working hours.

Staff say “significant” reductions in rest days and changes to short-term work schedules are to blame for the row.

Union general secretary Mick Lynch accused the company of having a “siege mentality”, adding: “The treatment of their staff by Avanti is one of the worst we have seen in the industry and their overall mismanagement of the allowance leads to repeated cancellations for passengers.

“The truth is that they have to negotiate the lists properly with our union and manage the railway in a professional manner.

“That seems a long way off and our industrial campaign will continue into next month.”

It comes after the Department for Transport warned the company it must ‘significantly improve’ its services or risk losing its contract to operate the line after its London-Glasgow deal was only extended by six month in October.

A spokesperson said: “We call on RMT to engage in meaningful industry reform discussions around modernizing working practices and developing a railroad fit for the 21st century.”

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