Around 200 Virgin Trains ticket staff working on the UK’s West Coast Main Line have today (January 4) begun a day of industrial action.
Staff belonging to the Transport Salaried Staff’s Association (TSSA) are protesting against planned cutbacks by Virgin which will see fewer manned ticket desks in favour of automated ticketing machines.
The TSSA rail union said it expected Euston, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Crewe, Preston and Glasgow stations would be the hardest hit, disrupting the travel plans of around 25 million passengers.
In a statement, Virgin said booking offices would be disrupted at 19 stations stretching from London Euston to Glasgow Central. See below for a full list of affected stations.
Virgin added that it would do “everything possible to avoid delays”, with train services “operating as normal,” but advised passengers to book and collect tickets well in advance.
Last week the TSSA said that staff at 12 stations on the West Coast line had voted to hold off strikes until after the Christmas period.
For more information visit virgintrains.co.uk.
Report by Andrew Gough
Stations affected according to Virgin:
- London Euston
- Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham International
- Manchester Piccadilly
- Warrington Bank Quay
- Wigan North Western
- Oxenholme Lake District
- Glasgow Central