Nottinghamshire train passengers face further disruption as fresh rail strikes announced

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Ongoing dispute over pay and conditions has brought further disruption on the railways

Rail passengers in Nottinghamshire face a fresh wave of disruption after further industrial action was announced by trade unions.

Aslef, the train drivers’ union, said drivers at 16 companies, including East Midlands Railway, will refuse to work overtime from Monday, July 17 to Saturday, July 22.

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It will follow an overtime ban taking place between Monday, July 3 and Saturday, July 8 as part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

Rail journeys across the East Midlands will be disrupted in a fresh wave of strikes.Rail journeys across the East Midlands will be disrupted in a fresh wave of strikes.
Rail journeys across the East Midlands will be disrupted in a fresh wave of strikes.

The industrial action will also coincide with strikes by rail workers in the RMT union, which will take place on July 20, 22 and 29.

Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary, said: “We want to resolve this dispute.

“We have given the government and rail operators plenty of opportunities to come to the table but it remains clear that they do not want a resolution.

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“It’s time for a fair deal and a resolution so we can grow our railway and improve it for the future.”

Many train companies rely on drivers working overtime to run their full timetable.

Now, most will reduce their services and passengers are being advised to check before they travel.

East Midlands Railway (EMR) said it is “aware” of the announcement of fresh strikes and that it is “currently reviewing” how services will be affected.

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An EMR spokesperson added: “This week there will be late notice cancellations due to action short of a strike by the Aslef union.

“Some of our last trains of the evening will not run. Please check your journey and travel earlier if your train is cancelled.”