DETAILS of the railway routes in Scotland set to be worst hit by a UK-wide strike next week have been revealed.

The RMT union announced that strike action will go ahead in Scotland on June 21, 23, and 25 which will "severely limit" the number of services operating for both passengers and freight.

Although ScotRail staff are not taking part in the strike, the rail workers who will walk out include signallers and maintenance staff for Network Rail in Scotland - meaning the impact on Scottish services will be severe.

Rail bosses say they are working hard to put plans in place to run "as many trains as possible" for customers during this period. 

However, the strike will mean a very limited number of train services will be running as a reduction in available staff, including signallers, will mean many lines will not be able to operate.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Scotland route director, said: “We understand the disruption this strike will cause and apologise to passengers for the impact on their journeys.

“We are continuing talks with our trade unions to seek a compromise that would avoid this damaging strike action.

“Our industry has been deeply affected by the pandemic, with passenger numbers still at only 75 per cent of pre-Covid levels.

"We must modernise to put our railway on a sound financial footing for the future and reduce the burden on taxpayers.

“We are working hard to run as many trains as possible on strike days for our passengers and freight customers to keep as many people moving as we possibly can.”

On the strike dates, the railway will only operate for part of the day with services running from around 7.30am to 6.30pm.

Which services are running in Scotland on strike days?

  • West Coast Mainline (Glasgow Central to London Euston)
  • East Coast Mainline (Edinburgh to London Kings Cross)
  • Edinburgh - Glasgow via Falkirk High 
  • Edinburgh - Bathgate
  • Glasgow - Hamilton/Larkhall
  • Glasgow - Lanark
  • Edinburgh - Glasgow via Shotts

There will be no services on any other line in Scotland, including routes in Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Dunbartonshire, if the strike goes ahead.

Passengers are being advised to find more information about their journey by visiting National Rail Enquiries or checking with individual operators.