Rail disruption 'may end' as drivers pay deal ballot results announced

Passengers have faced weeks of misery on rail lines as hundreds of services were cut due to the dispute.

Results of Aslef train drivers ballot expected which could end rail misery for passengers iStock

A temporary timetable on Scotland’s railways may come to an end if drivers accept a new pay deal offered by ScotRail.

The Aslef union said results of a ballot over a revised pay deal will be announced on Monday.

Union members have refused to work rest days and overtime in a row over pay, branding an offer of a 2.2% salary increase and participation in a shares scheme ‘derisory’.

As a result, Scotland’s national rail provider cut hundreds of services in May as part of a ‘temporary timetable’. 

However, more than six weeks on, reduced timetables are still in place, with evening services curtailed and communities cut off.

ScotRail did reinstate some late night services at a later date, however the timetable has caused misery for passengers. 

In June, Aslef members were balloted over a new deal proposed by ScotRail, which would see a pay increase of 5%.

Aslef said it was recommending members to accept the deal and that the results of the ballot would be announced on July 11.

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