Relief for rail travellers as strike action called off

TRAINS WILL RUN normal timetables through Moray on Monday and Tuesday next week after planned strike action was called off.

Until late on Thursday afternoon the message from Scotrail was that they would be unable to operate anything other than a skeleton service in central Scotland – with no service at all on the Aberdeen to Inverness line.

However, by 4pm two of the unions involved, the RMT and TSSA, had suspended their strike action sparking an announcement by Scotrail that all services would be running as normal.

RMT’s general secretary, Mike Cash, said: “We have received a revised offer that enables us to suspend the planned industrial action while we consult in full with our Network Rail representatives.”

Earlier TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes confirmed that his union had called off strike action after they too had received a revised offer from Network Rail.

The agreement also led to court action being called with, with Network Rail’s QC Barry Carr telling a High Court judge that his clients were not proceeding with their application for an injunction.