Staff, 2022-11-04 21:49:08,
Travellers across Scotland will face rail misery on Saturday despite a union calling off its strike.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union had been due to stage 24-hour walkouts on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday in their bitter dispute with Network Rail, but bosses cancelled the strikes after securing “unconditional” talks.
ScotRail said there would still be a reduced service due to the industrial action being called off at the 11th hour.
David Simpson, the newly nationalised railway’s delivery director, said ScotRail was working “hard to restore the timetable to normal as soon as possible, but this will take time”.
“It’s too late to restore a full timetable for Saturday because of the complexity of rewriting timetables and rosters for thousands of our staff,” the director said.
It means the called-off strikes will still cause chaos on Bonfire Night, which was when staff at Network Rail were set to walk out in their battle for higher pay.
ScotRail will still operate a limited timetable of 11 routes between 7.30am and 6.30pm, mainly in the central belt.
Services still running include two trains an hour between Edinburgh Waverly and Glasgow Queen Street, via Falkirk High, two services an hour between Glasgow Central and Lanark, and one an hour between Waverly and Larbert.
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