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Judgment due on East Midlands trains Union row

East Midlands train Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A judgment is expected today following legal action taken by East Midlands Trains against a trade union over a dispute it claimed had been 'invented'.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) banned overtime earlier this month over claims of a breakdown in industrial relations over a number of issues, including the scheduling of work in Nottingham.

The union said the action had led to timetable changes and cancellations over the weekend, but the company maintained they were due to driver shortages.

The case was heard in the High Court yesterday, with judgment reserved until today

Union to fight rail company in court

The Rail Maritime and Transport union says it will fight the legal action brought against it by East Midlands Trains.

The rail company is taking the union to court after members stopped doing overtime.

RMT are determined to defend the union's position on this matter.

Our demands are not unreasonable and we firmly believe that management should sit down and enter into meaningful negotiation with RMT, instead of hiding behind the anti-trade union laws in an attempt to prevent the union from taking industrial action.

– Bob Crow, RMT union leader



East Midlands Trains: 'Be prepared and check in advance'

Speaking about today's timetable changes during the signalling upgrade work this summer, the Managing Director of East Midlands Trains said:

"Every effort has been made to deliver the best possible service forour passengers during Network Rail's re-signalling works whilstrecognising that some people will face considerable changes to their normal journey.

"We have invested around three years of careful planning to ensure we can keep people on the move throughout the work at Nottingham.

"Our advice for passengers is to be prepared and check in advance of travel at [


– David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains

More train disruption for Nottingham this summer

Resignalling work will go through mid-July and August Credit: PA

Commuters in Nottingham will find out how much they'll be affected by a £100 million project to upgrade railway signals in the county.

Major disruption is expected throughout July and August when the redevelopment work is taking place.

New timetables are being published today which explain which services will have to change during the construction work, with some trains being cancelled altogether.


An East Midlands Train at Nottingham station Credit: East Midlands Trains

Thousands of passengers travelling on East Midlands Trains are likely to face severe delays until the end of the week because of extensive damage to overhead power cables.

A one kilometre section of overhead line is down at Radlett in Hertfordshire.

Delays to and from London could be up to an hour.

For more information see the East Midlands Trains website.

East Midlands Trains to resume to full timetable following train derailment

Services on East Midlands Trains to and from London St Pancras are now expected to run as normal.

Lines between Leicester and Loughborough are also expected to be re-opened following overnight closures.

Network Rail had to carry out emergency repair works following the derailment of a freight train at Barrow on Soar (between Leicester and Loughborough) on 27th December.

Train services will be unable to call at Barrow Upon Soar until later notice because further remedial work is required following the derailment of a train carrying over 1,000 tonnes of stone.

I apologise to all those who have been inconvenienced by this work and thank passengers for their continued patience. Removing the wagons safely is a complex job and this location is not easily accessible, all of which has added to the time it has taken to complete.

– Martin Frobisher, Route Managing Director for Network Rail
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