Sunday rail services set to be halted

RAIL services across the Lothians could be virtually shut down on Sundays early next year after a row between train operator ScotRail and unions intensified.

The train drivers’ union Aslef will ballot for strike action next month in protest at them having to work ten extra shifts a year each.

If members vote in favour of action, it said, that would pose the possibility of drivers refusing to work Sunday shifts.

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Aslef hopes the severity of the threat will be enough to force ScotRail back round the table and come up with a better solution for drivers.

The union’s officer for Scotland, Kevin Lindsay, said: “At the moment drivers are not volunteering to work additional Sundays.

“But if there was a ballot it would mean drivers not doing any shifts on a Sunday.

“It would see ScotRail shut down on a Sunday.”