East Midlands Trains warns of service disruption due to strikes

Wellingborough, new footbridge and two new lifts at Wellingborough station, 'Friday, 30 September 2011
Wellingborough, new footbridge and two new lifts at Wellingborough station, 'Friday, 30 September 2011

East Midlands Trains has issued a reminder to passengers of the revised service in place on Tuesday and Thursday due to the industrial action planned by the ASLEF train drivers union.

East Midlands Trains has pledged to run as many services as possible for passengers, however a reduced service will be in place with replacement bus services in operation on many routes.

Detailed service information can be found at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk, and the timetable will include:

- A reduced hourly train service from Derby to London will run for the majority of the day on May 1 and 3. These services will call at all stations, with a limited number of services extended through to Sheffield. Breakfast will only be served on the 06.27 and 07.27 services from Sheffield to London.

- An hourly train service will run from Nottingham to Leicester to connect in with services through to London.

- A train shuttle service will run from Nottingham to Grantham.

- Rail replacement road services will also be provided on a number of routes including Nottingham to Lincoln, Nottingham to Mansfield Woodhouse, Derby to Matlock, Derby to Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham to Boston, Nottingham to Sleaford and Lincoln to Sleaford.

- Other train operators will be accepting East Midlands Trains tickets and a full list of alternative routes can be found at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

- In addition, East Midlands Trains tickets will be accepted on a number of Stagecoach Bus services, including Corby to Kettering (X4 service), Lincoln to Grimsby (Interconnect 3), Boston to Skegness (Interconnect 7), Skegness to Lincoln (Interconnect 6) and Spalding to Peterborough (Service 37).

The train operator has also issued advice for passengers already holding a ticket to travel on one of the days affected by the industrial action:

- Passengers with advance tickets pre-booked for a service which will not be running can use their ticket to travel on an alternative train or bus service provided by East Midlands Trains. This should be as closed as possible to the original time booked.

- Alternatively, passengers who hold a ticket for travel on one of the affected days can travel on East Midlands Trains services the day before or the day after their existing ticket is valid.

- Customers who decide not to travel can receive a full refund on their ticket.

The planned industrial action follows confirmation by East Midlands Trains that pension contributions for employees will reduce from July.

Train drivers belonging to the ASLEF union have voted in favour of taking strike action on May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17.