Rail strike to hit Motherwell and Bellshill passengers

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Rail users in Lanarkshire will face chaos on Monday and Tuesday if a proposed strike by the RMT Union goes ahead.

ScotRail has confirmed that the majority of its train services will be unable to operate if the proposed UK-wide industrial action by RMT members takes place.

While final details of amended timetables will not be confirmed until later this week, ScotRail has released early details of the services it may be able to run.

However, for the most part these services will be in either Edinburgh or Glasgow with all others, including those to and from Motherwell, Bellshill and Uddingston, set to be cancelled.

Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “If this UK-wide industrial action goes ahead as planned, the impact on customers is going to be severe. For the vast majority of people in Scotland, there will be no train service at all on these two days.

“I know that many people right across the country are going to be seriously inconvenienced by this UK-wide industrial action.

“I am genuinely sorry that, under these circumstances, we cannot run our normal levels of train services that our customers expect.

“I hope that by releasing the information early, we are giving customers and employers enough time to plan ahead and make other plans.”

ScotRail has launched a dedicated web page, www.scotrail.co.uk/strike, where staff will be posting timetables for the routes that will be running.

In addition services between Newton and Motherwell via Hamilton and Airbles will be affected by engineering works this weekend with replacement buses operating in place of some services.

And on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, and Saturday, June 6, there will be no trains between Lanark and Motherwell due to Network Rail track improvements.

Replacement buses will operate.