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Trains to run in New Year strike
Central Trains
A dispute over rotas and pay have led to the strikes
Rail bosses have said they will be running trains during two planned 24-hour strikes over the New Year.

Central Trains services were shut down on Christmas Eve in the first of three strikes by conductors.

But the rail firm says it will run about one-third of its services during the next two strikes on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

RMT union members called for the industrial action over a new computerised rostering system and pay.

A spokesman for Central Trains said although a number of lines would be opened they would be operating a reduced service and passengers should contact national rail enquiries.

STRIKE DAY SERVICES
Lichfield to Redditch
Birmingham Snow Hill lines to Dorridge, Shirley and Stourbridge
Birmingham to Wolverhampton
Nottingham to Lincoln
Nottingham to Sheffield
Cambridge to Stansted Airport

Central Trains' operations director, Andy Thomas, said: "We are going to run as many train services as we can in the East and West Midlands on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

"We've been working on plans over Christmas and we will certainly be able to run trains on these days, despite the strike action by the RMT.

The areas most affected have been the East and West Midlands, although a number of Central Trains' services also run from Manchester to Norwich and Cleethorpes to Cardiff.

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RMT general secretary Bob Crow earlier said the firm had "turned down the opportunity to put in place a plan that would have allowed services to run".

"We have made it clear that we remain available for talks to resolve both disputes, and that remains the case, and we can only hope that the company re-considers its position," he said.


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