Network Rail strike could hit Bute travellers

Wemyss Bay railway station, owned by Network Rail.
Wemyss Bay railway station, owned by Network Rail.

Residents and visitors travelling to and from Bute could see their travel plans affected during the forthcoming bank holiday weekend due to a UK-wide strike by some Network Rail staff.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union who work for the infrastructure company will walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday, May 25 in a dispute over pay and jobs.

A ban on overtime and call-outs will also apply for 48 hours on May 25 and 26.

The action will see signallers, maintenance staff and station workers walk out in the first UK-wide rail strike in 20 years.

Network Rail is responsible for the ownership, operation and maintenance of Britain’s rail infrastructure, including signals, railway tracks and major stations, and is currently carrying out major refurbishment work at Wemyss Bay, where trains to and from Glasgow connect with Rothesay’s ferry service.