Rail services will run despite strike action

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

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EAST Midlands Trains has pledged to keep services running next month despite planned strike action.

East Midlands Trains yesterday pledged to keep services running after train drivers union Aslef announced a strike following a pensions row.

David Horne, managing director for East Midlands Trains, said: “Despite this action being called, we are still determined to run a good train service for our passengers.”

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

They have vowed to strike following the confirmation from East Midlands Trains that pension contributions for employees will reduce from July following recommendations from an independent pension valuation.

The union’s stance is to maintain the higher pension contribution rates, but East Midlands Trains says this would see train drivers paying about £500 a year more than they need to, for no additional benefits.

Mr Horne added: “Pension contributions made by our employees will reduce from July this year. This is good news for our staff and will have no impact on their pension benefits.

“It makes Aslef’s stance difficult to understand.

“We cannot see how Aslef’s demands, to continue with higher pension contributions when they are not required, are in the best interests of their members.”

On strike days, an hourly service from Derby to London will run for the majority of the day.

The company has also laid on replacement road services and other operators will be accepting East Midlands Trains tickets.

Those who decide not to travel will be entitled for a full refund on their ticket.

Details of the services which will be available on Tuesday, May 1, Thursday, May 3, Tuesday, May 8, Thursday, May 10, Tuesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 17, can be found at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk.