Strikes suspended but EMR say reduced train timetable will still be in place for Lincoln Christmas Market

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A strike by conductors and train managers at East Midlands Railway may have been suspended but a ‘reduced’ timetable will still be in place for passengers travelling from Gedling borough to Lincoln Christmas Market

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) were due to take action on Friday and Saturday over safety, pay and conditions, but these have been suspended for fresh talks.

The union said it was working on new proposals but warned of action later this month if no deal was struck.

EMR said the short notice meant it would still run a reduced timetable and told customers to check its website.

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In a communication to its members, the RMT said it was working on a new offer “which we believe will allow for a resolution to be found”.

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It added: “However, the union will set out further strike dates for later this month, which will be communicated to members in good time.

An EMR spokesperson told the BBC: “Given the extremely short notice of the decision, EMR will continue to operate a reduced timetable on 3 and 4 December.”

The RMT has called working arrangements for train managers on the new Class 360 trains, which run between Corby, Northamptonshire and London St Pancras “unsafe”.

Senior conductors are also in a dispute with the company over pay, conditions and contract issues.

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