UPDATE: Rail strike called off

Virgin Trains high speed tilting Pendolino

Virgin Trains high speed tilting Pendolino

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PNE fans can breathe a sigh of relief after rail union’s the RMT and the TSSA called off a planned strike that could have derailed Wembley travel plans.

The travel chaos has been avoided after Network Rail tabled a new pay offer to the TSSA and RMT today.

After a day of limbo the TSSA and RMT agreed to cancel the 24 hour strike and 48 hour ‘work to rule’ stance and so their 3,000 and 16,000 members will not stage industrial action and stop rail travel on the West Coast mainline on Monday and Tuesday.

So thousands of North End fans that are travelling down to London on the train for the League One play-off final clash against Swindon Town at 5.30pm on Sunday and are staying overnight will be able to use their return ticket to travel home instead of finding another form of transport just days before the crunch clash.

West Coast mainline operators and Preston North End kit sponsors Virgin Trains announced that normal train service will resume on Monday and Tuesday.

A spokesman for Virgin trains said: “As a result of planned industrial action being cancelled, the original timetabled services have been reinstated for 25th & 26th May.”

A spokesman for the TSSA said: “Our negotiating team at Acas has received a revised offer from Network Rail.

“As a result of this, they have suspended the planned industrial action, pending the outcome of a meeting of our workplace representatives next week.”

And RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Following the Acas talks, RMT has received a revised offer that enables us to suspend the planned industrial action while we consult in full with our Network Rail representatives.”