ScotRail is reminding customers that its services will return to normal tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 November, following the announcement that planned strike action by RMT trade union members of Network Rail has been suspended.
On Friday, 4 November, the RMT announced that it had suspended planned strike action by its members of Network Rail to allow for pay negotiations to take place.
The trade union had initially planned to take strike action on Saturday, 5 November, Monday, 7 November, and Wednesday, 9 November.
Since the announcement, ScotRail has been working around the clock to restore the full timetable – a complex process which has involved rewriting train timetables and rosters for thousands of our staff, and getting trains to where they need to be ready for normal service.
The train operator was unable to reintroduce its normal timetable earlier than Tuesday due Network Rail being unable to fully open all routes across the network.
However, on Monday, 7 November, ScotRail was able to provide services on several additional routes, including:
- Carlisle - Dumfries
- Ayr - Stranraer
- Inverness - Wick
- Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh
- Inverness - Perth
- Aberdeen - Edinburgh
- Edinburgh - Perth
- Glasgow Queen Street - Oban / Mallaig
The train operator is encouraging customers planning to travel in the coming days to continue to check their entire journey before they head to the station.
David Simpson, ScotRail Service Delivery Director, said:
“We’re pleased to be able to reintroduce our normal timetable from tomorrow (Tuesday, 8 November).
“We know how much people right across the country rely on rail travel, so it will be welcome news for customers that ScotRail services on Wednesday (9 November) will no longer be impacted by strike action.
“I would, however, encourage customers to continue check their journey before they travel on the ScotRail website or mobile app.”