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London to Edinburgh rail services cancelled and Glasgow route reduced during Avanti West Coast strike

Due to Sunday’s strike action, rail services between England and certain regions of Scotland have been cancelled or drastically reduced.

During a walkout by train managers who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, there will be no Avanti West Coast trains from London or Manchester to Edinburgh, and there will only be one train per hour from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

Those who intend to cross the border on Sunday are recommended to arrange alternate transportation and confirm that their service is operating before beginning their journeys.

The strikes are the most recent round of protests in a protracted conflict over work schedules.

The dispute, according to the staff, is the result of “significant” reductions in rest days and last-minute modifications to work schedules.

The union’s general secretary, Mick Lynch, accused the firm of a “siege mentality,” adding: “Avanti’s treatment of their staff is some of the worst we’ve seen in the industry and their overall mismanagement of the franchise is causing repeated cancellations for passengers.

“The truth is they need to negotiate rosters properly with our union and run the railway in a professional way.

“That seems a long way off and our industrial campaign will continue into next month.”

It comes after the Department for Transport warned the firm it must “drastically improve” its services or risk losing its contract to operate on the line after its London-Glasgow deal was only extended by six months in October.

A spokesperson said: “We ask RMT to engage in meaningful industry reform talks around modernising working practices and developing a railway fit for the 21st century.”

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