UNITE the Union members will be on strike at EMR on both 2022-12-23 and 2022-12-24. Christmas Eve travel will be challenged by this and the need to get trains to their destinations before the RMT action commences.
There has been a change to RMT strike plans. Instead of the work to rule, there is now a stoppage from 18:00 on 2022-12-24 to 05:59 on 2022-12-27. There is ballot of members regarding an offer from Network Rail. It might be hoping too much for that to sort out things, but I am keeping an open mind on the matter.
Stagecoach East Midlands have published details of their festive bus services over the Christmas and New Year Period. Interestingly, they are adding an extra vehicle for one of their service departures tonight because of today’s strike at EMR.
The Northern Rail app now accepts PayPal payments. This was something that I missed after the demise of Virgin Trains, though the EMR app has offered the functionality. With Northern becoming my preferred rail ticketing app, the extra flexibility makes things handy for buying on the move. Otherwise, two-factor authentication makes things a bit more awkward.
Transport for Wales rail now has a capacity checker for finding quieter trains on which to travel. This sounds like a good idea if you want a more pleasant journey or remain cautious even if most think the pandemic is over.
East Midlands Railway services are affected by industrial action by members of Unite the Union today and tomorrow. Some trains are running, but it is a restricted service level. National Rail has the details.
On a slightly more uplifting note than recently, here are the details of train services over the festive period from National Rail. There is an entry for every train company showing the effects of any engineering work.
More Network Rail strike dates were announced after talks broke down during negotiations to resolve the ongoing dispute. These dates will be: 2022-12-13, 2022-12-14, 2022-12-16, 2022-12-17, 2023-01-03, 2023-01-04, 2023-01-06, 2023-01-07. Hopefully, talks can restart to get this stopped since the disruption means that whole weeks are blighted now, and there may be more to come next year.
The A537 Buxton New Road is closed near Macclesfield for approximately six weeks until late October. Because of this, service 58 will use Buxton Old Road instead, but will still be able to serve Black Road and Windmill Street.
On the Bank Holiday for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, a Saturday Service will operate on all services provided by First Scotland East. In other areas like Cheshire East, a Sunday service is on offer.