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MPs demand more detail from government over minimum service levels

MPs have called for more details from the government over its controversial plans to ensure a minimum level of service during rail strikes.

New regulations will force unions to agree to make sure a certain number of trains run during industrial action.

Members of the train drivers’ union Aslef are taking strike action this week in a long-running dispute over pay but the regulations are not yet being implemented.

Parts of the country had no trains over the weekend and there will be more disruption for the rest of the week.

The transport select committee has been holding inquiries into how the new regulations will apply during rail strikes.

Members of the committee urged the government not to overlook risks when it introduces the regulations and be ready to learn lessons where necessary.

They have laid out three criteria by which the Department for Transport (DfT) should judge whether the introduction of minimum service levels (MSLs) has been successful.

Transport committee chairman Iain Stewart said: “There is a risk of MSLs worsening worker-employer relations and that, as a result, MSLs could end up making services less reliable.”

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