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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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'Deal could be close' to avert planned rail strike

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.

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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.

Bags of clothes block major Borders road

The bags were spilled on the A1 Southbound, south of Grantshouse. Credit: Garry Godsell

A major road in the Scottish Borders was blocked for around two hours this morning, when hundreds of bags of clothes were spilled across the carriageway.

The bags fell from the lorry at around 6:50am, on the A1 between A6112 Grantshouse and B6437 Auchencrow.

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The driver was able to clear bags from the northbound lane, but the A1 southbound was blocked.

Police directed traffic to pass in turn on the northbound carriageway.

The southbound lane was re-opened at around 9am.

Roadworks on M6

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A £490,000 Highways England project on both the northbound and southbound carriageways on the M6 between Carlisle and the border with Scotland is underway.

Road improvements on the road between junction 44 and junction 45 began on Monday and are expected to continue until Monday 1 June.

The following should be expected:

  • Between 6am and 8pm, there will be single lane closures (either lane 1 or lane 3)
  • Between 8pm and 6am, 2 lanes will be closed (either lanes 1 and 2 or lanes 2 and 3)
  • A 50mph speed limit will be in place through the road works
  • At times overnight when work is taken place near an entry or exit slip road the slip road will be closed with a clearly-signed diversion in place.

No work will take place at all over the late spring bank holiday weekend (Thursday May 21 to Monday 25 May).

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