Strikes could disrupt railways for almost a week

The forthcoming RMT strikes on 21, 23 and 25 June could disrupt services on the intervening days and also into 26 June, industry sources have warned. The walkouts will affect 13 train operators in England as well as Network Rail. Transport for Wales and ScotRail are not directly affected, but action by Network Rail signallers and other key staff could disrupt train services there as well. The industry is putting together a contingency timetable which will give priority to freight trains carrying essential cargoes like food and fuel, and in any case there will be no evening passenger trains. The RMT has said it continues to be open to ‘meaningful negotiations’.

Bid for rail-served Scottish freeport

A multi-billion pound bid for an ambitious rail, air and sea economic zone on the River Clyde, backed by a public private partnership, is in its final stages before being submitted. Plans for Clyde Green Freeport are being prepared by AGS Airports’ Glasgow Airport, Peel Ports’ Clydeport, Mossend International Railfreight Park in North Lanarkshire and a partnership of the Glasgow City Region councils. The bid will be submitted later this month to the Scottish and UK governments for one of two green freeports which are being proposed for Scotland.