Strike action by Virgin Train staff will bring chaos to train services in North Wales despite the majority of services in the UK running as normal.

The strike action which will take place on December 15 and 22, and then on January 5, 8, 26 and 29, will see just one Virgin train running between Holyhead and London Euston on the strike days, instead of the usual hourly service.

Virgin trains have announced they will not serve Chester and North Wales on the strike days apart from the service leaving Holyhead at 04.48am and a return train that leaves London Euston to Holyhead at 5.10pm.

Passengers will have to use Arriva Trains and buy separate tickets

Passengers travelling on the strike days will have to travel using Arriva Trains to Crewe and having to buy a separate ticket as Arriva will not accept Virgin tickets, passengers will then have to buy another ticket to complete their journey via Virgin trains.

The strike action, over pay, involves around 1,800 on-board staff, station workers and clerical staff. Staff have been offered a 3.6% pay increase, but Union leaders are holding out for a pay 4% pay rise.

The statement on the Virgin Trains website reads:

“Apart from the 04.48 service Holyhead to London and return at 17.10, we will not serve Chester and North Wales.”

“London – Chester and the North Wales Coast: Please take a Virgin Trains service to Crewe for onward travel. If you have a Virgin-only ticket please travel the day before or the day after as Arriva Trains Wales will not accept your ticket to travel beyond Crewe. You can also apply for a full refund (free of charge). “

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