Local News & Archive — May 20, 2015 at 11:31 pm — Updated: May 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Arriva warning ahead of rail strike

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Rail services on the North Wales Coast face major disruption if a 24 hour rail strike goes ahead.

Arriva Trains Wales say most services next Monday and Tuesday will be cancelled because of planned industrial action by the RMT and TSSA unions in a long-running dispute over pay and jobs. Operators have warned passengers not to travel unless it’s absolutely necessary as no replacement buses will be running.

In a statement on Wednesday, Arriva said Bank Holiday services from Holyhead to Chester, covering the North Wales Coast, will run hourly until around 2.30pm, when they start to wind down. No services will run between 5pm on Monday evening and early on Wednesday morning.

No services will be run from Wrexham to Chester and Bidston on both days, although service on the Conwy Valley Line – from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog – is expected to continue all day.

Talks in London between Network Rail and the unions aimed at avoiding the strike have entered a fourth day – while the High Court hears a legal challenge against the TSSA amid claims of ‘numerous defects’ in their ballot.

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