Another disruption to the strike hit the Scottish railway

Rail passengers in Scotland were warned of significant disruption to work on Friday after a two-day strike earlier this week.

Rain operator ScotRail said passengers should check their rides in advance.

It says the signal boxes on the tracks will open at different times during the Friday after Thursday’s last strike, while the nighttime dispatchers’ strike also had a domino effect.

Meanwhile, the East Coast Main Line between Edinburgh and North Berwick was temporarily closed after a truck hit a wall and hit the rails at Walliford, East Lothian, but later reopened.

The RMT union went on strike over years of wage freezes and a lack of assurance that there would be no forced layoffs in the network.

Scottish organizer Gordon Martin told the PA news agency that the members are “resolute” and welcomed the “overwhelming” public support. The next strike is scheduled for Saturday.

He said: “People understand what we are doing, and people are starting to understand that it’s not just about pay. It’s not just about payment.

“In their jobs, they discover how difficult things are.

“The real crux of the matter is that this is an attack on jobs, an attack on conditions.

“My main concern is that this creates a serious danger for the train crew and passengers on the railway.

“Because as a matter of course, if you kill, cut and burn the workforce, at the same time you cut the maintenance regime in half, the recipe for trains going down embankments and killing people is very real.”

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said more strikes could be expected unless an agreement is reached with Network Rail and the UK rail operators.

He said: “In today’s economy, workers need to be properly remunerated for their work, have good conditions and have the confidence that their work will not be taken away.

“What we can’t accept is that thousands of railroad workers are dumped after being hailed as heroes during Covid.

“RMT will continue its industrial campaign until a negotiated agreement is reached.”

Negotiations have been ongoing throughout the week and will continue in the coming days, but there are few signs of a breakthrough.

RMT members lower instruments again on Saturday to disrupt events such as the Edinburgh Pride march.

March organizer Jamie Love told the PA news agency that the strike was “disappointing”.

He added: “As the organizers of Pride, our whole job is to make Pride accessible to those who really want it and may not have places like Pride nearby.

“This is the saddest and most difficult part, because obviously these are the people who will suffer the most.

“It will be very sad and I know people will be very upset about it.”

The disruption is expected to last until Sunday as music fans attending a Liam Gallagher concert at Glasgow’s Hampden Park that evening were warned that the last train from the nearby Mount Florida station back to the city center was due to leave before the event ended.

Phil Campbell, Head of Customer Experience at ScotRail, said: “We will do our best to help Liam Gallagher fans travel to Hampden Park on Sunday, but customers should plan ahead as Network Rail RMT strike Saturday will impact services. engineering work near Haymarket and Barrhead, and on the time schedule we currently have.”