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Glasgow trains to be hit by strike action - Dates and what to expect in August

Rail strikes are set to cause more travel chaos across the the UK with trains to and from Glasgow to be impacted.

August is set to see a number of strike action days including staff from several train companies and Network Rail.

While ScotRail are not associated with the planned industrial action, services are expected to be disrupted on certain dates as Network Rail Scotland staff walk out. Signallers play a crucial role and without them, trains simply can't run.

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Strikes organised by Royal, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and Aslef have brought trains to a halt in June and July over a dispute around pay, working conditions and job security.

Here's all you need to know about the train strikes in August.

When are the next train strikes?

Unions have planned strikes on the following days. The first date has been called by Aslef and does not include Network Rail staff.

  • Saturday August 13
  • Thursday August 18
  • Saturday August 20

What trains are affected in Glasgow?

Nine companies in total are taking part in the strike on August 13 with LNER warning no trains running to Glasgow.

LNER said: "When you're travelling on our trains between Friday 12 and Sunday 14 August and Wednesday 17 and Sunday 21 August, some services may be different, including timetables and catering onboard."

Avanti West Coast have confirmed that no trains will be running to or from Glasgow on August 13 and expect disruption on August 18 and 20 too.

Avantia West Coast state: "The ASLEF union have announced strike action on 13 August for drivers at Avanti West Coast and eight other train operators. In addition, the RMT and TSSA unions have announced strike action on August 18 and 20. The RMT action is coordinated across other train companies and Network Rail.

"On 13 August, please do not travel on Avanti West Coast – we will not be running any services on our routes. Customers with tickets for 13 August can claim a full refund from their point of purchase – read more below. Alternatively, customers with tickets dated 13 August can use those tickets to travel either the day before, or up to and including 16 August."

ScotRail have reminded companies that ScotRail services are not affected on August 13.

They said: "ScotRail services aren't directly affected by the ASLEF strike on the August 13. However, our services may be busier than normal due to customers from other train operators travelling on our services instead."

The following train companies are affected by the strikes.

  • Avanti West Coast
  • CrossCountry
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Trains
  • LNER
  • London Overground
  • Southeastern
  • West Midlands Trains

What to expect from strikes on August 18 and 20

40,000 RMT members are expected to walk out on August 18 and 20 and travellers are warned to expect disruption on dates surrounding too.

As Network Rail Scotland staff will be taking part, most services will be cancelled in Scotland. In July, RMT members took part in a three-day strike and only five services ran between the central belt. It is expected this will be the case again but ScotRail have yet to finalise the timetable.

In a statement, ScotRail said: "RMT announced further national strike action across the Great Britain railway network in a separate dispute with Network Rail and other train operating companies.

"This means Network Rail members of the RMT will be striking on 18 and 20 August.

"While this is a separate dispute, the planned strikes on those days will cause disruption to ScotRail services, as Network Rail Scotland signallers and maintenance staff, who are in safety-critical roles, will be on strike.

"At the moment, we're working through our timetable plans for the strike days and what this means for ScotRail services."


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