Network Rail Industrial Action

Last updated: Thursday 23 June 2022

On Tuesday, 7 June, RMT announced three days of national strike action across the Great Britain railway network in a separate dispute with Network Rail and other train operating companies.

This means Network Rail members of the RMT will be striking on 21, 23, and 25 June.

While this is a separate dispute, the planned strikes on those three days will cause disruption to ScotRail services, as Network Rail Scotland signallers and maintenance staff, who are in safety-critical roles, will be on strike.

What does this mean for ScotRail services?

As it stands, we will only be able to operate the following services between 0730 and 1830 on 21, 23, and 25 June:

Unfortunately, Network Rail will be unable to open any other signal boxes to operate passenger services on any other routes on the strike days.

As there will be very limited services running, please only travel if necessary. If you have to travel, you should expect disruption and plan ahead, checking your entire journey.

On the days following strike action there will be disruption caused by the reopening of signal boxes at different times across the country. While the large signalling centres at Yoker, West of Scotland and Edinburgh will be able to operate from 0715 this will not be the case at manual boxes elsewhere and it may well be early afternoon before many routes are able to operate as normal. This is particularly the case for routes outwith the Central Belt.

Click here to view the list of services running on 22 and 24 June.

Please keep checking this page or follow us on ScotRail Twitter for updates.

We've pulled together a list of questions you may have about your journey, tickets, refunds, and the dispute itself below...

We advise you to only travel if necessary during the period that industrial action is taking place. If you choose not to travel, you can claim a full refund with no administration fee. If you hold a valid ticket dated for the days of industrial action you can use it to travel on any service until Tuesday 28 June.

Yes. If you choose not to use your ticket you can request a refund on any ticket type using our online refund request form or by visiting a ScotRail ticket office, if that is where you purchased your ticket.

You can request a refund on any ticket type using our online refund request form or by visiting a ScotRail ticket office, if that is where you purchased your ticket from.

We advise you to only travel if necessary during the period that industrial action is taking place. If you must travel and are delayed for 30 minutes or more, you are entitled to Delay Repay compensation. Claims can be made up to 28 days after your journey.

Advance tickets are not available to buy during the period of Industrial Action, up until Monday, 27 June at 2359.

Yes, under the ‘Book with Confidence’ policy, you can exchange your Advance ticket for a different date or time up until 30th September 2022..

We expect significant disruption across our network. Most of our routes will be closed and we will only be able to run a severely reduced service, so we strongly recommend you plan ahead, and only travel if necessary on these days.

Timetables are available to download below, and online journey planners and the ScotRail App will be updated by Sunday 19 June at the latest. Although we’re doing our best to deliver our Industrial Action Timetable, it may still be necessary to make last-minute changes. Due to the timing of the strike action, services in between strike days will also be affected.

You can keep up-to-date here where we’ll post the latest information, or you can follow us on Twitter.

Timetables for strike days

Click here to see amended and cancelled services for 22 and 24 June.

We will try our best to reintroduce services, however our staff and trains will be in the wrong place to allow us to re-introduce our services immediately. It will take some time to get back to normal and there will be some disruption while we do this.

If you are at a station, please speak to our staff or press the help point and we can assist you with your onward journey. You can also get in touch with our Customer Relations team or through our Social Media channels. Find out how to contact us here.

No, there will not be replacement buses or taxis running throughout the period of industrial action because there are not enough available to replace the service.

Unfortunately we cannot provide replacement buses due to the scale of cancellations, so we recommend making alternative travel plans.

No, seat reservations are not available throughout the period of Industrial Action due to the limited number of services available.

Due to the large scale of changes throughout the period, it will not be possible to honour existing seat reservations.

You will be able to book Assisted travel for services that will run on days of industrial action.

We do expect significant disruption across our network with possible last-minute cancellations, and so while we will do our best to ensure your booking goes ahead, we advise you only travel if necessary.

If the train you booked our Passenger Assist service for is affected by industrial action then our Passenger Assist team will contact you to discuss your options.

Most of our routes will be closed and we will only be able to run a severely reduced service, so we advise you to only travel if necessary.

We are not in a position to make any guarantees at this time, however the RMT has a mandate for industrial action that could last for at least six months before they have to ballot staff again.

This means that the RMT could call industrial action during this timeframe.

The RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) is a trade union specialising in the transport sector, whose members include workers within the rail industry.

The RMT balloted members at 15 train companies plus Network Rail for industrial action. ScotRail are not one of the train companies whose members are balloted, however we are reliant on Network Rail to run our services.

You can read more about the dispute here.

The RMT has announced the results of their ballot for industrial action, and members at 13 train companies plus Network Rail have voted in favour of national strike action. ScotRail are not one of the train companies whose members are balloted however we are reliant on Network Rail to run our services.