Belfast Telegraph

Rail strike disrupts busy commuter service

COMMUTERS faced packed trains and a vastly reduced service when more than 150 railway staff went on strike on Monday.

The day-long industrial action started at midnight on Sunday and was a result of an ongoing dispute between Translink and the GMB union.

GMB said the strike was taking place due to "an ongoing dispute with the employer over pay and terms and conditions as well as a history of poor industrial relations".

In a bid to reduce disruption to passengers, Translink operated a special timetable to include some peak services in the morning and evening and a Sunday service during off peak times.

However, passengers using the Bangor line were among those worst affected.

A Translink spokesperson said they had asked to meet with GMB to try and resolve the situation ahead of industrial action being taken, but the union indicated they could not meet until early next week.

"Compensation arrangements will be in place for those passengers who have pre-purchased tickets valid for travel on Monday, June 24. This includes weekly and monthly tickets, annual tickets, ilink weekly and monthly tickets and Translink pupil passes," they added.

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