More strikes as rail talks fail

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Talks to resolve a row over pensions which has led to strikes by train drivers serving Sheffield and other parts of the region have ended without agreement.

Members of the drivers’ union Aslef at East Midlands Trains walked out yesterday for the fourth time and will take two more days of action next week.

The company said it ran an improved service compared with previous days of action, branding the industrial action a “strike over nothing”.

Union general secretary Mick Whelan said the firm had come to negotiations “without flexibility, without fresh ideas and without serious intent to end the dispute”.