Fife commuters face 'significant disruption' as rail strike hits Sunday services

Fife commuters have been warned to expect disruption as a rail strike takes place this weekend.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 4:10 pm

Scotrail has said Sunday services will be hit by strike action on six consecutive Sundays in a bid for increased overtime payments.

The train operator has said commuters should expect “significant travel disruption.”

It said services will be cancelled on a number of key routes and that “will have a significant impact on people who need to travel, including NHS workers delivering a critical service during the pandemic.”

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Kirkcaldy station

Scotrail services cancelled include Edinburgh – Inverness/Aberdeen, and Edinburgh – Inverkeithing/Glenrothes/Kirkcaldy/Perth/Dundee.

For key workers, there will be limited bus services to Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, and Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.

Customers are advised to check their journeys to make sure trains are still running on their route.

Anyone who has already purchased a ticket can travel either the day before, or day after the strike action, alternatively, a refund is available.

The strike comes with passenger numbers and revenue down more than 90 per cent.

Graham Ralston, Scotrail head of conductors, said: “The strike action will have no impact on Scotrail’s position on overtime pay increases, given the severe financial challenges we face.

“The strike is wrong during a global pandemic and will have a significant impact on those who need to make essential journeys.

“We will do everything we can to minimise the consequences of this action, but key workers will be adversely affected.

“Inevitably, many will have to find alternative and much less convenient ways to get to work to perform their life-saving duties.”

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