Union strikes to affect train services in Bristol over Christmas

The strikes, which have been called by the RMT union, are planned for tomorrow and Sunday, as well as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

They were called following a dispute between members of the union and CrossCountry trains.

The rail company said: “We plan to operate a reduced service, but using longer trains where possible.”

They also released this image about the weekend’s amended services:

CrossCountry trains strike information
Credit: CrossCountrytrains

RMT have released this statement: “[These] cuts should be halted and reversed if we are to avoid repeated breakdowns and failures.”

“If the profits bled out of the rail network by the rip of private rail companies were reinvested in staffing and infrastructure we could build a railway genuinely fit for the modern age.”

Though the strikes will mainly affect CrossCountry services, all lines are expected to be very busy and delays are expected.

Will Davies, who commutes daily from Bristol to London, said:”It’s really worrying for people like me who have to commute to work and have to make plans around the changes.”

“I do understand why it’s happening though – there are only so many cuts the government can make before the train companies have to put their foot down.”

To follow the incident on twitter: #XCDispute

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