VETERANS planning to travel by train to the Cenotaph in Whitehall for Sunday s Remembrance Day ceremony risk disrupted journeys. Train operator First Capital Connect, which runs services to Huntingdon and St Neots from Peterborough and Kings Cross, said i
VETERANS planning to travel by train to the Cenotaph in Whitehall for Sunday's Remembrance Day ceremony risk disrupted journeys.
Train operator First Capital Connect, which runs services to Huntingdon and St Neots from Peterborough and Kings Cross, said its drivers on the Great Northern route were refusing to report for work on Sunday in a dispute over pay.
Sunday working became voluntary when agreements with the drivers' union Aslef were re-negotiated after railway privatisation in the 1990s.
FCC said it expected to be able to run no trains after the early morning on Sunday, but it would provide a replacement bus service from Huntingdon and St Neots to Bedford, where drivers on its sister franchise Thameslink would be working normally. Alternatively, travellers could use East Coast mainline services from Peterborough to Kings Cross.
Tickets issued for travel from Huntingdonshire will be valid for the alternative route, but journeys will inevitably take much longer than timetabled, the company said. Free parking will be available at Huntingdonshire stations and for passengers who prefer to drive to Bedford station. Parking at Peterborough, which is not a FCC station, will be charged for as usual.
Veterans might prefer to attend one of the many services and parades taking place in Huntingdonshire, a spokesman added. The company said it was extremely disappointed by the drivers' refusal to work on Sunday.
Details of the main Huntingdonshire Remembrance Sunday services can be found below in the news section of this website.