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Free train travel for the Armed Forces

Today and tomorrow East Midlands Trains are providing uniformed personnel with free travel Credit: PA

Members of the armed forces can travel for free on East Midlands trains today and tomorrow.

Derby-based East Midlands Trains is supporting the Royal British Legion's 2012 Poppy Appeal by allowing uniformed Armed Forces personnel of past and present to travel free of charge to London's Poppy day tomorrow.

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Olympic Spectators affected by train drivers' strikes - the full report

There are just a few days to go before the start of the Olympics - but for many planning to see the Games in London, there's huge disappointment ahead.

Families travelling to and from the Games could face severe disruption because of a three-day strike by train drivers next month. One mother of two boys has been telling Central News the dispute could ruin their historic day.

Advice for passengers affected by train drivers' strike action

East Midlands Trains says it plans to "run as many services as possible" during the strike action, including:

  • Plans to run 30 services a day to and from London
  • Over 23,000 seats to be provided in each direction to and from London (around 50% of normal capacity)
  • Tickets which can be used on other train services, including Virgin, East Coast, Greater Anglia, TransPennine Express, Northern and CrossCountry.

More information for passengers is expected to be available on the East Midlands Trains website in the next 24 hours.

Train strikes planned for middle of Olympic Games

Communication between ASLEF and East Midlands Trains have broken down Credit: PA

East Midlands train drivers have been criticised by the operator for being "hell bent on trying to disrupt the Olympics".

The comments from the Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, David Horne, come after the drivers' union ASLEF confirmed that it will take further strike action during the games.

A walk-out is planned for the 6, 7, and 8th August, which is in the middle of the Games when Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth and one of the most anticipated competitions of London 2012 is taking place.

The strike action is due to a row over pensions, East Midlands Trains have accused ASLEF on going back on a deal brokered in talks last week:

"If ASLEF does not have a change of heart, it will be remembered long after London 2012 as the union who tainted the pride of Britain in disrupting such a once-in-a-lifetime sporting event."

– David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains

However the union ASLEF said it was deeply saddened that the union finds itself in this position:

"ASLEF is disappointed that recent talks with East Midlands trains did nothing to address major pre-existing concerns ASLEF has in relation to its dispute between EMT and ASLEF members."

"ASLEF is deeply saddened that the union finds itself forced into this position by East Midland at this time."

– ASLEF Spokesperson

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Statement from East Midlands Trains after latest meeting

Bosses at East Midlands Trains say they're hopeful about resolving the pension dispute with its drivers.

A spokesperson from East Midlands Trains said:

"Progressive talks were held with ASLEF yesterday afternoon. We believe we have addressed the outstanding point raised by the union on pensions and feel we have a wayforward.Discussions are still ongoing and we remain hopeful that ASLEF will calloff the threat of Olympic strike action."

– East Midlands Trains spokesperson
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