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Virgin Trains to run ‘full timetable’ after strike action cancelled

Posted on - 21st December, 2017 - 4:29pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston Railway Station, Transport
Virgin Trains service to London Euston departing Preston
Virgin Trains service to London Euston departing Preston

Virgin Trains plan to run a ‘full timetable’ tomorrow after the scheduled union industrial action  was called off.

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Trains between London Euston and Preston were due to be reduced on one of the busiest travel days of the year as a result of the action.

A statement on the Virgin Trains website said: “The industrial action called by the RMT and TSSA unions for Friday 22 December has been called off.

“We are planning to run a full timetable, however there may be some cancellations due to the last minute staff rota changes.”

Ticketing restrictions remain relaxed due to potential disruption meaning you can still travel ahead of your booked train and on the service immediately following.

More: How strike action will affect services between London and Preston over Christmas

The strike was over pay, with the RMT seeking a ‘suitable and equal’ pay offer for train managers and on-board catering workers, on the West Coast route from Glasgow to Euston, to that given to drivers.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said a breakthrough had been made in talks and the new offer was good enough to be put to union members.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “I am pleased Virgin has finally seen sense, come back to the negotiating table, and made an offer sparing our passengers further disruption at Christmas.”

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