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Train strikes throughout Scotland to spark six-day travel chaos for commuters



RAIL services throughout Scotland will be hit with six days of strike action this month.

CrossCountry commuters are facing chaos this week as a number of key routes – including Edinburgh – face major disruption.


A number of train services have been rescheduled or are terminating earlier than plannedCredit: PA:Press Association
Members have been asked to reject the 'unacceptable' pay offer


Members have been asked to reject the ‘unacceptable’ pay offerCredit: Alamy

The rail operator announced that huge changes are being made to services running from Scotland to England because of the industrial action.

Some journeys will be cancelled, while others will not start in the planned location or even terminate earlier than planned.

The disruption will last from today until Friday, but it is planned to last up to the end of this month.

Rail Union RMT announced on Friday that members across the East Coast mainline will strike over a pay dispute with Hitachi Rail.

The workers will down tools at Edinburgh‘s Craigentinny depot, across the East Coast mainline. It will conclude on February 24.

More than 400 workers will be taking part in the action on Hitachi Rail which maintains the rolling stock and signalling for LNER.

Passengers travelling along the Aberdeen, Glasgow, or Edinburgh routes to Penzance, Plymouth and more will face widespread disruption.

The 1.30pm train from Edinburgh to Plymouth will terminate at Newcastle and not reach the destination.

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Tomorrow, the Edinburgh to Plymouth and Penzance morning services will start at Newcastle.

Monday will be a strike day, resulting in the 12.30pm Plymouth to Glasgow service ending early at Newcastle.

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The 1.30pm Plymouth to Edinburgh service terminates at York followed by the 2.30pm train. While, the 11.30pm will end at Newcastle.

The 9.27pm Plymouth to Aberdeen will terminate at Edinburgh

On Tuesday, February 13, the three-morning services running from Edinburgh to Penzance will start in Newcastle.

The 8.20am Aberdeen to Penzance will begin in Edinburgh with the 7.48am Glasgow to Plymouth service will start at Newcastle.

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But, the strike will resume on Thursday, February 15, the 12.30pm Plymouth to Glasgow train will not finish in Newcastle.

The 1.30pm and 2.30pm services from Plymouth to Edinburgh will terminate at York. The 11.30am service will end in Newcastle.

While the 9.30am Plymouth to Aberdeen will conclude at Edinburgh.

The chaos will spill into the next day, impacting the three early morning services from Edinburgh to Plymouth, which will start at Newcastle.

The 8.20am Aberdeen to Penzance service will begin in Edinburgh while the 7.48am Glasgow to Plymouth service will start at Newcastle.

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The 1.27pm train from Plymouth will now terminate at Newcastle instead of Edinburgh.

Rail users have been urged to check their journeys in advance and allow more time for their travels.

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