Belfast Telegraph

Irish Rail strike threatens to disrupt cross-border services

By Claire Williamson

Cross-border train passengers face potential disruption this weekend as Irish Rail have threatened to strike.

Translink is advising passengers that there will be no guarantee of cross-border services operating tomorrow and on Monday.

Train services will operate between Belfast and Newry only and there will be no onwards replacement bus services.

Online bookings have been suspended for these dates.

Those who purchased tickets for Enterprise services travelling beyond Newry, prior to notification of the strike have been contacted by Translink to organise refunds. Normal service is expected to resume on Tuesday, August 26.

It comes as Irish Rail will impose pay cuts ranging from 1.7% to 6.1% from tomorrow, prompting members of the National Bus and Rail Union and SIPTU to mount the first strike in 13 years. Further stoppages are planned in September to coincide with dates of big GAA games at Croke Park, designed to cause considerable disruption.

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