Rail strikes: How the rail strikes impact Scotland - train times, service details and more

A number of train services in Scotland will be impacted during Wednesday’s rail strike.

More than 40,000 workers at Network Rail and 14 train operating companies are set to strike in a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out on Wednesday, potentially crippling rail services across the country.

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The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has also announced a strike by its members at Avanti West Coast on the same day.

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We look at how the industrial action will impact rail passengers in Scotland – as well as the services offered from train operators.

Avanti West Coast

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Avanti West Coast are running a reduced timetable to to Glasgow.

Several areas will not be served, such as Blackpool, Edinburgh, North Wales and Shrewsbury.

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The picket line outside Edinburgh Waverley train station as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) take part in a fresh strike over jobs, pay and conditions. Picture date: Wednesday July 27, 2022.

A limited service of around a quarter of the normal timetable will operate, with one train per hour in both directions between London Euston and each of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston.

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ScotRail

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No trains will run north of Glasgow or Edinburgh on strike days.

Just two trains per hour will run between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High and one per hour via Shotts, in each direction.

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There will also be two trains per hour on each of these routes: Edinburgh to Bathgate; Glasgow to Hamilton/Larkhall; and Glasgow to Lanark.

A a skeleton service will be run on five routes with the limited services starting at 07:30 and ending at 18:30.

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ScotRail have urged passengers to plan ahead.

They tweeted: “Due to strike action by RMT members of Network Rail on 27 July, we're warning customers to expect significant disruption. To help with your questions on pre-booked journeys, refunds & service information, visit our website”

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Cross Country

A very limited service is planned between Birmingham and Edinburgh via Leeds, York and Newcastle; Leicester; Manchester; and Southampton.

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London North Eastern Railway

Only two trains per hour will operate between Edinburgh and London King’s Cross in both directions.

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Lumo

Just three trains will run in each direction between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh, with two others doing part of the route.

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TransPennine Express

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TransPennie Express will be running a very limited service, with just routes from Manchester Airport to Preston; Manchester Piccadilly to York; Newcastle to Edinburgh; and Cleethorpes to Sheffield operarting.