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Rail passengers put on the bus
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Central Trains customers will be on the bus on Sunday 9 January
Rail passengers on some journeys around the Midlands and nearby cities will face disruption on Sunday.

Not enough Central Trains (CT) staff have volunteered to work this Sunday to cover all services, although none of them are contracted to work that day.

Services are traditionally covered by drivers working voluntary overtime.

It will mean lengthy bus rides for CT passengers between Nottingham, Cardiff, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Crewe, and Liverpool.

Sunday volunteers

Rachel Webster, from Central Trains, said: "About 70% of our staff normally do some level of work on a Sunday and volunteer for that.

"For the last two Sundays, the number of volunteers has been nowhere near that 70% normal mark."

A smaller number of services were cancelled last Sunday for similar reasons.

It is the latest disruption affecting Sunday services on Silverlink, Midland Mainline and Central services - all part of the National Express group - where no drivers or conductors can be forced to work on Sunday.

An overtime agreement between CT and rail union Aslef lapsed on 31 December and parties cannot agree on a new deal.

Central Trains has also introduced emergency timetables this week where 10% of its services are indefinitely cancelled on weekdays.

Buses are being used on weekday services through Lincolnshire, affecting Lincoln, Doncaster, Peterborough and Skegness, plus Black Country routes in the Wolverhampton, Walsall, Rugeley and Stafford area.

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