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No Spalding rail services - or replacement buses - for three days due to strike

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Passengers in Spalding will be without trains for three days next week as a result of strike action.

The RMT Union has called for industrial action on Tuesday June 21, Thursday June 23 and Saturday June 25 as a result of pay freezes and job cuts, which it argues will make the railways unsafe.

East Midlands Railway has revealed contingency plans for the three days - but although some lines will have reduced services, there will be no trains stopping at Spalding.

East Midlands Railway has confirmed that no services will stop at Spalding during strikes on June 21, 23 and 25.
East Midlands Railway has confirmed that no services will stop at Spalding during strikes on June 21, 23 and 25.

EMR also says it will not be providing replacement buses as there is 'not enough capacity to meet demand'.

Will Rogers, managing director for EMR, said: “We are extremely disappointed the RMT have decided to strike on the 21, 23 and 25 June. This is the wrong decision for the railway and communities we serve.

“There will be changes to our normal timetable and some parts of our network will have no train services on strike days and other lines will have a reduced level of service. I would urge all customers to think carefully about their journeys next week – and make alternative arrangements if possible.”

Spalding Railway Station (53298231)
Spalding Railway Station (53298231)

Customers are also being warned that services on the days in between strikes could also be impacted.

RMT says this is the biggest dispute on the network since 1989.

General secretary Mick Lynch said: "Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously.

"We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1pc and rising.

"Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system.

"Rail companies are making at least £500m a year in profits, whilst fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"This unfairness is fuelling our members anger and their determination to win a fair settlement.

"RMT is open to meaningful negotiations with rail bosses and ministers, but they will need to come up with new proposals to prevent months of disruption on our railways."

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