Scotland’s train users face strike chaos

TRAIN passengers in Scotland face major disruption in the run-up to Christmas after a trade union announced two days of strikes over what it says is the “victimisation” of one of its members.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will take part in strike action on Saturday, December 22 and Monday, December 24 in a move which is likely to create major headaches for festive shoppers and those travelling to be with friends and family over Christmas.

The union says its members delivered a strike mandate of more than two to one in support of a campaign to reinstate ticket inspector Scott Lewis, who was dismissed by ScotRail for allegedly making “unwanted contact with a passenger”.

In a statement posted on ScotRail’s website the company said: “We are currently working hard to confirm details regarding travel arrangements on the dates in question.

“Our customers come first, and we have contingency plans in place to run as many services as possible over the dates which cover one of the busiest days for last-minute Christmas shopping and key times for travel to be with family and friends.”

We’ll publish details of those contingency plans, in particular for the Wemyss Bay-Glasgow line used by hundreds of Bute residents and visitors each day, as soon as they are announced.