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Conductors' protest stops rail service between Kouvola, Kotka and Lahti

Local train services are being replaced by buses in Kouvola, Kotka and Lahti due to a one-day walkout by conductors.

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The local action by conductors is also having an impact on some long-distance services. Image: Pyry Sarkiola / Yle

The state railways VR has replaced train service with buses on local routes between Kouvola, Kotka and Lahti after conductors in Kouvola stayed off the job Friday to protest the start of talks that could lead to possible staffing cuts.

All commuter trains between Kouvola and the Port of Kotka are being replaced by buses. The journey by bus takes about one hour and 25 minutes.

Buses have also replaced the Z and H trains operating between Kouvola and Lahti. However, the Z-train departing from Helsinki at 15:35 will run to Lahti where buses will carry passengers on to Kouvola.

Some Friday long-distance trains have also been canceled.

Full details of changes to Friday's services are available in English on VR's website.

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