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ScotRail Issues Travel Advice Ahead of Latest UK-Wide Industrial Action

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The vast majority of ScotRail services are set to operate as normal when members of the RMT trade union take part in strike action this weekend. 

Members of the RMT at a number of train operating companies across the UK plan to take strike action on Saturday, 26 August. 

Only a small number of ScotRail services between Glasgow Central and Carlisle, and between Dumfries and Carlisle will be impacted due to train dispatching being carried out by other train operators at Carlisle station. 

ScotRail is urging customers to plan ahead as its services will be much busier than normal with Scotland playing Georgia in the Famous Grouse Nations Series at Scottish Gas Murrayfield, the final weekend of the Edinburgh Festivals, and the potential for customers of other train operating companies travelling on ScotRail services. 

Additional strike action is also planned for the following weekend, when members of the train drivers’ union, ASLEF, plan to take strike action on Friday, 1 September, followed by a withdrawal from non-contractual overtime on Saturday, 2 September. 

Members of the RMT union also plan to take strike action on Saturday, 2 September.  

No ScotRail services will be impacted by strike action on Friday, 1 September, and the vast majority of ScotRail services will be unaffected on Saturday, 2 September. 

The industrial action is a result of a dispute between the trade unions and a number of other train operating companies across the UK, and does not involve any ScotRail staff. 

Phil Campbell, ScotRail Customer Operations Director, said: 

“The dispute between the trade unions and other train operators does not involve any ScotRail staff, which means we’ll be able to run our services as normal during the latest industrial action. 

“A small number of ScotRail services to and from Carlisle will see some disruption as a result of the planned RMT strike action on Saturday, 26 August and Saturday, 2 September, so customers travelling on this route should check their train times before leaving for the station. 

“We’d also urge anyone travelling to plan their journey in advance, as we’re expecting our trains to be much busier than normal due the rugby at Murrayfield, final weekend of the Edinburgh Festivals, and customers of other operators travelling with ScotRail.” 

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