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Lack of train drivers cancels service.

Summary: Passengers have been warned not to travel on a busy rail route because of a lack of available train drivers.

Passengers have been warned not to travel on a busy rail route because of a lack of available train drivers.

First Capital Connect (FCC) said there will be no service on its Great Northern route on Sunday 8 November, and trains it does operate are likely to be "extremely busy".

Union leaders said workers were not taking industrial action but were merely exercising their contractual right not to work on Sundays.

London Midland services were disrupted in the summer in a similar case.

FCC said it strongly advised against rail travel unless absolutely necessary, adding that, if journeys were essential, tickets would be accepted on alternative bus and rail routes in areas including London's Liverpool Street and King's Cross stations, King's Lynn, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Bedford, Hitchin, Stevenage, Luton Airport and Peterborough.

It is believed that drivers have been refusing to work overtime and rest days for the past two weeks, leading to cancellations and delays.

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Date:Nov 9, 2009
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