East Coast cuts London Glasgow trains

07 July 2010

Although the currently government-owned East Coast has announced decisions to cut daily direct trains from Kings Cross to Glasgow from 13 to 2, ASLEF officer Nick Whitehead says the effect on our members, and services, is likely to be minimal.

‘We are talking to management this week about possible effects on drivers,’ Nick says. ‘We have some concerns about work at Newcastle and Edinburgh but overall the proposed new timetable could mean up to a dozen additional driving jobs.’

The east coast route between London and Glasgow takes an hour longer than the west coast alternative and the new proposed timetable – to be introduced next May - would provide more intermediate stops. Called Eureka! it would offer 19 new services, faster journeys and additional seats.

Nick Whitehead says that despite the ‘headline’ announcement of service cuts, there is potential to introduce new journeys from Glasgow to West Yorkshire, the Midlands and other Scottish towns. ‘The changes will mean disruption to some of our members but if management approach the new situation in a positive way I am confident we can reach agreements that will be acceptable both to staff and passengers,’ he said.

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