Train strikes to hit Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve rail travellers on CrossCountry

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Passengers on CrossCountry trains are being urged to finish their Christmas journeys on Thursday, forward of a strike by members of the RMT union on 24 December.

The dispute is a well-recognized one: the carry out of guards.

The RMT’s widespread secretary, Mick Lynch, acknowledged: “There was a scientific try by CrossCountry to undermine the carry out of the senior conductors and put collectively managers by drafting in numerous staff to do their jobs.

“CrossCountry want to grasp that they have already got educated and competent guards which may very properly be accessible and ready to work.

“They should cease with their underhand measures and makes an attempt to train up fairly a number of totally totally completely completely different workers to undertake the carry out of the guard. This strike would possibly very appropriately be resolved if of us have been merely allowed to simply get on with their very private job and the corporate stopped threatening the long-term futures of our members and compromising security as a consequence.

“Our members have made it clear that they won’t put up with this assault and that’s the rationale they’re taking motion over Christmas and New 12 months.”

CrossCountry acknowledged: “We’ll solely be succesful to run a extraordinarily restricted timetable, with the cancellation of pretty various our corporations.

“We’re advising prospects to differ their plans the place attainable and to keep away from journey on every Friday 24 December or Friday 31 December.

“In case you journey on Friday, you then undoubtedly would possibly use your ticket on any put collectively. Seat reservations is not going to be going to make the most of on Friday – please take any accessible seat all by the use of the category confirmed in your ticket.

“Your ticket is also accepted with totally totally completely completely different operators on Friday.”

CrossCountry intends to run a curtailed service between Edinburgh and Plymouth, Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth and Birmingham New Freeway and Leicester.

Hyperlinks to Aberdeen, Glasgow Central, Nottingham, Cardiff, Paignton and Stansted airport are lined by totally totally completely completely different operators – aside from between Leicester and Peterborough, on which a bus fairly a number of will run.

Tickets purchased for Christmas Eve will most really be official on Wednesday 22 or Thursday 23 December, with out having to fluctuate them.

An comparable sample is anticipated to benefit from all by the use of the lead-up to 31 December.

Talks are understood to be persevering with between the 2 sides to goal to avert the stoppages.

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