Rail strikes off for Olympics

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INDUSTRIAL action by railways staff over planned pension changes has been called off after discussions found a resolution.

Railway operator East Midlands Trains and ASLEF union last night said the strike action - which would have meant no services starting or ending at Sheffield railway station - would no longer take place on August 6, 7 and 8.

There had been a ‘positive settlement of pensions changes issues’ reached after constructive discussions, according to chiefs.

The news means there will be no disruption to rail services during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

East Midlands Trains had organised a new timetable to run during the event and passengers were advised to travel from Sheffield or Chesterfield on connecting services instead.

The strike concerned plans to reduce pensions contributions for train drivers.