17 Aug 2011

Train company First TransPennine Express (FTPE) says it is very disappointed that its employees represented by both ASLEF and the RMT trade unions, have rejected a 2.2 per cent pay offer (in line with the national average wage rise ) and voted to take industrial action.

Both ASLEF and the RMT have notified FTPE that they will be advising train drivers, conductors and station staff not to report for work on both Wednesday 24th August and Friday 26th August.

Customers who are planning to travel with FTPE from 00:01 to 23:59 on Wednesday 24th August and from 00:01 to 23:59 on Friday 26th August are advised that their journeys may be affected by industrial action.

FTPE is planning to operate as many services as possible and provide the majority of station facilities at its 30 managed stations across the north of England, but passengers are being encouraged to check their travel arrangements before setting out.

Details of the train services FTPE plans to run on Wednesday 24th August and Friday 26th August will be issued shortly on its website at

Managing director of FTPE, Vernon Barker, says:
"We are disappointed that our colleagues represented by ASLEF and the RMT have voted in favour of industrial action and we remain hopeful that a solution can be found and it can be avoided. We would urge the trade unions to join us in further discussions."

For any initial queries customers are advised to read FTPE's frequently asked questions on  or call our Customer Relations team on 0845 600 1671.

An amended timetable for Wednesday 24th August and Friday 26th August will be posted there shortly.



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