Limited train service will run through Grantham due to strike action over the bank holiday

The first Virgin East Coast train at the launch of Virgin Trains East Coast at London's King's Cross station. Photo: David Parry/PA Wire EMN-150303-144918001
The first Virgin East Coast train at the launch of Virgin Trains East Coast at London's King's Cross station. Photo: David Parry/PA Wire EMN-150303-144918001
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Virgin Trains will operate a limited East Coast service over the bank holiday because of strike action.

Members of the RMT and TSSA trade unions employed by Network Rail have announced industrial action taking place on Monday and Tuesday (May 25 and 26).

A spokesman for Virgin Trains said: “We have been informed by Network Rail, which maintains the UK rail network, that Virgin Trains East Coast will only be able to run a very limited service on these dates.

“Due to this action, we strongly recommend customers, whose travel plans are flexible, travel on Sunday, May 24, or later in the week when existing tickets will be valid.”

A revised timetable is now available at www.virgintrainseastcoast.com

On Monday, Virgin will be running trains until the early afternoon, with the exception of services in Scotland beyond Edinburgh, where there will be no Virgin Trains East Coast services to and from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Inverness.

On Tuesday, a limited number of trains will run on the London to Leeds and London to York and Newcastle routes only.

Customers with tickets for travel with Virgin Trains East Coast on May 25 and 26 can choose to use their tickets on Virgin East Coast services on Sunday, May 24, or on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May. If you hold an Advance ticket, passengers can use the same train service as originally booked or the services immediately before or after.

All ticket restrictions will be lifted on Monday and Tuesday, May 25 and 26.

Existing seat reservations will only be in place on services where the original booked train is also running in the amended timetable.

Virgin says the situation is subject to change, and it advises customers to regularly check virgintrainseastcoast.com for the latest travel information or follow @Virgin_TrainsEC on Twitter.