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Train passengers advised to 'check before you travel'

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Network Rail has advised train passengers to check before they travel as the Border region braces for the arrival of Storm Gertrude.

Forecasters are predicting winds to strengthen and rain to move in this evening, with up to 70mph winds. The severe weather is predicted to continue throughout the weekend and into early next week.

Cautionary speed restrictions of 50mph will be in place on Friday morning on the West Coast main line between Tebay and Oxenholme. Restrictions will also be in place between Settle and Carlisle.

We are drafting in additional teams in preparation for Storm Gertrude’s arrival and our advice to passengers is to check before you travel, using nationalrail.co.uk. With a lot of rain falling on already saturated ground, there is the potential for localised flooding which may cause disruption for passengers."

– Network Rail spokesperson

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Virgin Trains to run as planned on Monday and Tuesday

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Virgin Trains has reinstated normal services on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May following the cancellation of strike action by members of the RMT and TSSA unions.

The planned industrial action by members of the RMT and TSSA unions that work for track and infrastructure operator, Network Rail has been suspended.

"As a result of this Virgin Trains will now be running its originally timetabled services on the West Coast Mainline on both Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May.

"This refers to Virgin Trains services on the West Coast, for Virgin Trains East Coast please click here.

"Please note that the planned engineering work to be conducted by Network Rail between Saturday 23 and Monday 25 will go ahead as planned so customers travelling on these dates are still advised to check before they travel."

– Statement, Virgin Trains
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TSSA rail union suspends Bank Holiday strike action

The TSSA - one of the two rail unions - planning strike action over the Bank Holiday has suspended the action after receiving a new pay offer from Network Rail.

One of the rail unions planning strike action has suspended its plans. Credit: PA Wire

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association were due to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday.

But after talks with Network Rail, Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, confirmed that the union had suspended the action,

The RMT, which represents most Network Rail employees, is still to announce if the strike is going ahead.

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ITV News' Business Editor Joel Hills has learned that Network Rail has tabled a new pay offer to RMT, Unite and TSSA unions in a bid to avert next week's planned strike.

Virgin Trains cancels services on Monday and Tuesday

Virgin Trains will not run any services on the West Coast mainline on Monday and Tuesday Credit: PA

Virgin Trains has cancelled all its West Coast mainline services on Monday and Tuesday ahead of an anticipated strike by Network Rail workers over the Bank Holiday.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions have voted for a 24-hour strike, starting at 5pm on Monday, amid an ongoing dispute over pay.

In a statement on its website, Virgin Trains said that if the strike goes ahead as planned, then no services will run on either the 25 or 26 of May.

If this industrial action goes ahead, there will be no Virgin Trains services running on the West Coast Mainline on either Monday 25 or Tuesday 26 May.

If the industrial action is called off, some services will be reinstated but we cannot be specific at this stage.

Customers planning to travel on the affected dates will need to make alternative arrangements. If you are planning to travel on Sunday 24 or Wednesday 27 we recommend that you check before you travel for more information on how your journey may be affected.

– Statement, Virgin Trains

A spokeswoman for the company told ITV News that East Coast services - which are run by a different operator - would continue on a reduced timetable, and advised customers to check for the latest updates before travelling.

She said bosses were monitoring talks between Network Rail and the unions to see whether the situation may improve.

Anyone with tickets for those dates can use them for either the Sunday or Wednesday, in line with any restrictions on the tickets bought.

The full statement, as well as details about how to get a refund, are available on the Virgin Trains website or by calling 0344 556 5650.

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