Wales

Arriva Trains Wales rail conductors hold 24-hour strike

Arriva Trains Wales train at Bangor, Gwynedd station
Image caption Arriva trains in and out of north Wales are affected by the strike

Conductors on Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) rail services in north Wales are expected to take strike action from 12:00 BST.

The 24-hour stoppage by the RMT union is over two conductors with nearly 900 days sickness absence being sacked.

Replacement buses will be used on some routes and the company hopes to minimise disruption at peak times.

Services affected are expected to include the north Wales coast and Cardiff to Holyhead trains.

Lynne Milligan, customer services director at Arriva Trains Wales said: "We are disappointed that the RMT have called to take industrial action and we regret that the situation has not been resolved."

She added: "We are hoping to have all trains ready to resume services as normal as soon as the strike action is over at midday on Saturday. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Image copyright PA

The North Wales area routes affected are:

  • North Wales Coast
  • Cardiff to Holyhead
  • Chester to Manchester
  • Chester to Birmingham
  • Crewe to Shrewsbury
  • Wrexham to Bidston
  • Conwy Valley

The company said passengers should check with station staff or the ATW website for the latest details.

The industrial action will not affect rail services provided by Virgin Trains.

The conductors work out of the Holyhead, Chester and Llandudno Junction depots.

The RMT said 38 of its members had voted for action due to "an outright abuse by the company of the sickness absence policy".

General secretary Mick Cash added: "They have deliberately chosen not to exercise discretion but have instead opted to take the hard line approach of dismissal, it is that action that has resulted in a total breakdown in industrial relations."

ATW said the two conductors were dismissed for continued failure to attend work and between them had accumulated over 890 days of sickness.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites