Rail strikes are on hold – but the advice is still to only travel if you really need to

ScotRail services will not return to normal until Tuesday, despite the suspension of the strike, the company announced today.

Members of the RMT union were due to go on strike today (Saturday), Monday and Wednesday, but suspended it to allow for further wage negotiations.

ScotRail says it is working with Network Rail to prepare routes for services to operate as soon as possible, but some services cannot operate until Tuesday.

There will be no trains on the Highland Line or Gourock on Monday, but on the Helensburgh Central line there will be two trains per hour between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

Customers are advised to travel only if they really need to.

ScotRail says it is working to add more services and routes to operate on Monday, so customers planning to travel are advised to check their journey in full before heading to the station.

Director of Service Delivery, David Simpson, said: ‘ScotRail welcomes the announcement that the strike scheduled for 7 and 9 November by Network Rail’s RMT members has been suspended.

“The strikes do nothing for the recovery or the reputation of the railway in this fragile time. This has an impact on customers, staff and the economy.

“We are working hard to restore a normal schedule for Tuesday, November 8, in order to provide a service that our customers expect and deserve.

“A very limited service will operate on Monday November 7. We encourage anyone planning to travel by train over the next few days to check their entire journey before traveling on our website or on social media.”

Liam Sumpter, route director for Network Rail Scotland, said: “While it is good news that the RMT has called off these strikes, the very late notice means it is not possible to reintroduce a full timetable on Saturday and Monday.

“We are working hard alongside ScotRail and our other operators to reintroduce services as quickly as possible for customers.

“We remain committed to working positively with our unions to find a solution to this dispute.”