Strike action will disrupt Falkirk rail services

A reduced service is expected to call at Falkirk High station if the strike does go ahead on Monday and Tuesday
A reduced service is expected to call at Falkirk High station if the strike does go ahead on Monday and Tuesday

Commuters are being urged to make alternative travel plans next week ahead of a 24-strike by railway workers which could temporarily suspend most services.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out at 5 p.m. on Monday in a dispute over pay and conditions with Network Rail, the Government-owned body that owns and operates the UK’s railways.

Further talks involving mediators, rail bosses and union representatives are expected to take place in the coming days in an attempt to find a resolution and avoid the need to strike.

ScotRail has confirmed that the majority of its train services will be unable to operate next Monday and Tuesday if industrial action by RMT members goes ahead.

While final details of amended timetables will not be confirmed until later this week, ScotRail today announced that a reduced Edinburgh-Glasgow service calling at Falkirk High

would run on both Monday and Tuesday.

There will be no trains calling at Camelon or Larbert.

Passengers should visit scotrail.co.uk/strike for updates on the dispute.

Meanwhile, commuters have been given a further reminder that significant engineering works will take place on the Edinburgh-Glasgow mainline from next month.

The Winchburgh tunnel in West Lothian will be closed from Saturday, June 13 until Monday, July 27.

Services from Falkirk High and Polmont stations to Edinburgh will be severely affected for the duration.

Two services an hour will call at Linlithgow, where passengers will then board a diverted train to the capital or an express bus service. At peak times, this is likely to be a bus.

Two direct services to Edinburgh an hour will depart from Falkirk Grahamston.