As reported previously, around 150 East Midlands Trains staff who are members of the RMT Union, took part in a one day strike yesterday. This is the first of three planned strikes, the following two being planned for 14th and 21st June over a dispute concerning Sunday working.
Whilst the Midland Mainline services ran as normal, other parts of the network saw a reduced service and the use of bus replacements. A summary of services in our area is as follows:
Cleethorpes - Lincoln - Newark Northgate: No trains services, all replaced by buses.
Lincoln - Nottingham: Trains operating on an hourly basis.
Liverpool - Nottingham: Hourly train service between Liverpool and Nottingham and bus replacements between Nottingham and Norwich.
Peterborough - Lincoln - Doncaster: No train services. Bus replacements between Peterborough and Lincoln. No replacement between Lincoln and Doncaster.
Skegness - Nottingham: No trains services, all being replaced by buses.
With rail replacement services now being managed by Stagecoach themselves, this brought vehicles in from a number of locations from around the network, some of which are illustrated below outside Skegness railway station yesterday (please click on pictures for large version).
Volvo Bendi-coach T97 JHN, currently with Stagecoach Western Scotland, came all the way from Ayr depot and wore route branding for the Ayr - Glasgow service. It is illustrated shortly before working a rail replacement service to Nottingham. New in May 1999, this was one of the vehicles based at Hull and used on the former 909 service between Hull and Sheffield as illustrated in the photo below.
Another visitor from Scotland, SP07 HHF, which is allocated to Stagecoach Scottish Omnibuses in Fife, and also featured free internet access!
Not only were vehicles sourced from Scotland, but also from Wales! Stagecoach South Wales N91 RVK is illustrated here, with route branding for the X3 Pontypool - Cardiff service.