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Train driver walk-out

East Midlands trains are affected by the industrial action Photo: Calendar

Rail services will be hit tomorrow because of a strike by hundreds of drivers in a dispute over pensions. Members of the drivers union Aslef at East Midlands Trains will walk out for 24 hours, and are planning further stoppages on Thursday and on May 8, 10, 15 and 17.

The action follows a 3-1 vote in favour of industrial action, with Aslef complaining that the Stagecoach-run company is proposing to reduce its contributions into the pension scheme despite the current "turbulent" economic climate.

Pension contributions made by our employees will reduce from Julythis year. This is good news for our staff and will have no impact on theirpension benefits. It follows recommendations from a recent pension valuation,which is an independent financial health check on the scheme.

– David Horne - managing director of East Midlands Trains

A reduced service will be in place tomorrow, and again onThursday, with replacement bus services in operation on many routes.

The changes include a reduced hourly train service from Derby to London,an hourly service from Nottingham to Leicester to connectwith trains to London,a train shuttle service will run from Nottinghamto Grantham, while rail replacement buses will be in operation.

Aslef has more than 450 members at the company.

  • Head to the East Midlands trains website