Grant Shapps says there is “nothing” the government can do to stop rail strikes

sSerious disruption has begun across Scotland’s rail network as Network Rail workers went on strike this week.

Workers responsible for train lines and infrastructure across the UK pulled out on Tuesday – with further action on Thursday and Saturday – as Scott Rail was able to run services on just five tracks these days.

The rail operator will operate two trains per hour on the Edinburgh to Glasgow Line via the Falkirk High Line, the Edinburgh-Pathgate Line, the Glasgow to Hamilton/Larkhall Line and the Glasgow to Lanark Line.

One train per hour will run from Edinburgh to Glasgow via the Shotts service.

Services will only operate on the five lines between 7.30am and 6.30pm on the affected dates.

Scott Ryle warned passengers last week to only travel on limited services “if they really need to.”

David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers in city centers in Scotland have been hit by the exodus of passengers during the pandemic.

“So far, several months after restrictions ended and store visits still shy of pre-Covid levels, with Scotland reaching the bottom of the Premier League table to attract shoppers last month.

“Many stores are just beginning to emerge from the prolonged and destabilizing impact of the pandemic, and further train disruption could deter shoppers and hamper retail recovery.”

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