ASLEF train strike to hit North Yorkshire as dispute continues

ASLEF train strike to hit North Yorkshire as dispute continues
ASLEF train strike to hit North Yorkshire as dispute continues

CUSTOMERS are asked not to travel by train during a train strike which is expected to hit North Yorkshire.

On November 26, members of the train drivers’ union ASLEF are set to strike over a long-running wage dispute.

Operators affected included York-based LNER, which operates east coast main line services to London and Edinburgh, TransPennine Express, whose trains serve cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, Northern, whose services include the York-Leeds and CrossCountry route, whose services from York serve cities such as Birmingham and Bristol.

TransPennine Express (TPE) will only be able to operate a small number of services on certain routes on this date, and customers should only travel if their journey is essential.

On the York line, the operator will only operate services between York and Manchester Piccadilly.

A schedule will be updated on the TPE website as soon as it becomes available.

The LNER will operate approximately one train every two hours between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh, in each direction.

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Only one train will run each way all day between London Kings Cross and Leeds.

Northern will not operate any trains on November 26, which will cause significant problems on the York-Leeds line.

CrossCountry will also not be operating any trains that day.

ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said: “We regret that passengers will be inconvenienced on another day. We don’t want to take that step. Withdrawing from our work is always a last resort for a union.

“We came to the table, as we always will, in good faith, but as the industry continues to make no offers – due to the dodgy deal they signed with the Department of Transport – we have no choice but to resume the strike. ”

Kathryn O’Brien, Director of Customer Service and Operations at TransPennine Express, said: “If it goes as planned, the ASLEF strike will cause a major disruption to services across the UK.

“Unfortunately, we will only be able to operate a very limited service on certain routes and advise customers to only travel if their journey is absolutely essential. The day after the strike will also be affected, and anyone planning trips should check very carefully. »

Warrick Dent, director of security and operations at LNER, told PA media: “In recent discussions with Aslef’s representatives at LNER, we explained how we are responding to the issues they have raised. , and we focus on providing reliable services to our customers.

“We believe these issues are best resolved between LNER and Aslef through discussion rather than further industrial action which only harms the rail industry.

“We remain fully committed to working in collaboration with Aslef’s representatives at LNER. In the meantime, we are confident that our contingency plans will keep disruption to LNER services to a minimum.

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