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Rail strike: how to get where you're going

Commuters wait on a platform for a train Credit: PA Wire

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

Talks have been going on since Monday to try and avoid the disruption.

The TSSA union have now suspended their strike.

Network Rail say they are still hopeful of a resolution but they are cancelling all planned engineering work and in the process of what routes they will be able to run.

Grand Central say that they will operate a reduced service on Bank Holiday Monday and would be unable to run any trains on Tuesday May 26 The following services are expected to operate on Monday 25 May 2015:

06.45 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

07.52 Bradford -London Kings Cross

08.02 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

08.42 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

10.21 Bradford - London Kings Cross (i)

10.48 London Kings Cross - Bradford (ii)

11.21 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

12.53 London Kings Cross - Darlington (ii)

(i) This train will not call at Pontefract.

(ii) This train will leave London Kings Cross later, at 11.25 and will not call at Pontefract.

(ii) This service will terminate at Darlington and will not call at Eaglescliffe, Hartlepool and Sunderland. Passengers should alight at Darlington for a rail replacement coach service to Hartlepool and Sunderland and for a Northern Rail connection to Eaglescliffe.

These Grand Central trains are expected to be cancelled on Monday 25 May 2015;

06.55 Bradford Interchange - London Kings Cross

14.33 Bradford Interchange - London Kings Cross

12.28 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

15.18 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

17.31 Sunderland - London Kings Cross

14.48 London Kings Cross - Bradford Interchange

16.03 London Kings Cross - Bradford Interchange

19.52 London Kings Cross - Bradford Interchange

16.50 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

19.18 London Kings Cross - Sunderland

The Tyne and Wear Metro service will also be affected. Services between Pelaw and South Hylton will be disrupted if the national rail strike goes ahead on Monday May 25 and Tuesday May 26.

Metro services between Pelaw, Sunderland and South Hylton will be unable to run after 5pm on Monday, and will not resume until around 6pm on Tuesday, should the strike happen.

No replacement bus service will be in operation between Pelaw and South Hylton and passengers travelling in the affected area are advised to plan their journey in advance using journey planner on the Nexus website or by calling Nexus on 0191 20 20 747.

Nexus will be providing a special direct bus service, Heworth Interchange to the Stadium of Light, for people heading to the Foo Fighters concert on Monday evening.

On Bank Holiday Monday the last Metro operating Pelaw to South Hylton departs at 3.52pm. This is followed by a Pelaw to Sunderland Station service at 4.16pm. The last Metro train back from South Hylton leaves at 4.25pm, and the last Metro from Sunderland station leaves at 4.43pm.


Virgin East Coast: The trains which will run if there's a strike

Some trains will still run in the event of a strike on Monday.

A limited service will run on the East Coast Main Line if a planned rail strike on Bank Holiday Monday goes ahead.

Network Rail staff are set to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday in a dispute over pay.

An outcome of how strikes will affect train companies is expected later but passengers are being warned to expect major disruptions.

Virgin Trains have started cancelling services on the East Coast Main Line. and will only run limited services on Monday and Tuesday.

No trains will run north of Edinburgh on Monday.

MONDAY 25 MAY Last train northbound

  • 11:30am London Kings Cross - Edinburgh
  • 14:00 London Kings Cross - Newcastle
  • 14:30 London Kings Cross - York
  • 14:35 London Kings Cross - Leeds
  • 16:33 London Kings Cross - Peterborough

Last train southbound

  • 13:30 Edinburgh - London Kings Cross
  • 14:30 Edinburgh - York
  • 15:00 Newcastle - London Kings Cross
  • 16:15 Leeds - London Kings Cross

TUESDAY 26 MAY First train northbound to North East

  • 07:30 London Kings Cross - Newcastle
  • 07:37 York - Newcastle
  • 08:11 - Doncaster - Newcastle

First train southbound from North East

  • 07:29 Newcastle - London Kings Cross
  • 07:37 York - London Kings Cross

Last train northbound to North East

  • 14:30 London Kings Cross - Newcastle
  • 15:30 London Kings Cross - York

Last train southbound from North East

  • 15:30 Newcastle - London Kings Cross
  • 16:33 York - London Kings Cross
  • 16:25 Newcastle - Newark


East Coast: 'Best deal for passengers"

The East Coast rail line becomes privately run from today after more than five years in the public sector.

The route which links London with Edinburgh has been operated by the Department for Transport since 2009. But it has now been jointly taken over by Virgin and Stagecoach.

Protests were held yesterday by the RMT union, which has described the handover as an "act of gross national betrayal of the British people".

A Department for Transport spokesman said they were confident that the new East Coast franchise gave the best deal for passengers - providing more seats, more services, new trains and over £140 million of investment along the route.

The skills and experience that the private sector provides drives forward innovation and investment, and has helped to transform our rail network into a real success story.


Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher said the ending of the state-run East Coast company was "a hammer blow for passengers, taxpayers and employees alike".

David Cameron's ideological sell-off has ended a public sector service which has delivered over £1 billion to the Treasury, kept fares down, had record passenger satisfaction and engaged the workforce with unparalleled success. It is clear that when it comes to transport, people have a straight choice - the status quo or Labour's better plan. Labour will start the process of legislating in the first 100 days of a new parliament to allow a public sector operator to be able to take on lines and challenge the private sector on a genuinely level playing field.


East Coast trains back in private hands

Trains between London, the North East and Scotland return to private hands Credit: Martin Keene/PA

Trains on the East Coast Main Line are back in private control today, as services are taken over by a consortium involving Virgin Trains and Stagecoach.

The line, which links the North East with London and Edinburgh, was brought into public hands in November 2009. It has since been run by a company under the control of the Government.

From this morning, trains will operate under the name Virgin Trains East Coast. Services carrying the new livery will be unveiled tomorrow, Monday 2nd March.

The decision to re-privatise East Coast has been criticised by the rail union, the RMT, and some North East Labour MPs, who said the arrangement had been working well for passengers and taxpayers.

The eight year deal includes a promise of new trains, more services and extra seats.

New carpets, new seat covers, faster trains - Virgin Group outlines benefits

The Director of Corporate Affairs for the Virgin Group Richard Scott has outlined the benefits which will come from the new east coast train franchise.

He says it will mean faster journeys in refurbished trains. And you'll be abe to order food from your seat with a new phone app, he says.

For Richard Scott's full comments click below.

East Coast bids may include new routes to Middlesbrough and Sunderland

Companies bidding to run trains on the East Coast Mainline will have the chance to serve five new routes, to Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Harrogate, Scarborough and Huddersfield.

The successful bidder will be expected to continue current services to all destinations Credit: Martin Keene/PA

The government has invited three companies to submit details bids for the rail franchise East Coast, which has been in public hands since 2009.

The invitation to tender also includes a preference for faster and more frequent services to and from King's Cross and faster average journey times to Leeds and Edinburgh, from May 2020.

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