A "respectable" skeleton train service will be running in the West Midlands on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Central Trains yesterday confirmed that enough workers had volunteered to carry out conducting duties on the two days - which will avoid a repeat of the 24-hour service shutdown on Christmas Eve.
The train operator had announced last week that there would be no service on the three festive days after the RMT union said conductors would strike over bonus payments.
But a Central Trains spokesman said many conductors - including RMT union members - and managers who have previous experience in the role had volunteered to work. A skeleton local service will run on the cross-city Lichfield to Redditch line, from Dorridge to Stourbridge and from Wolverhampton to Birmingham. No services are currently planned on the Walsall to Birmingham and Coventry to Birmingham routes. But a Central Trains spokesman said more services may be announced before New Year's Eve.
He said: "We are getting workers phoning us up all the time to volunteer help, so we may be in a position to run more services than the respectable service that we can announce now."
Thousands of passengers had to find different ways of travelling across the West Midlands during a 24-hour strike by the RMT union on Christmas Eve. Central Trains "could not offer any more than the £236 it had already put forward to work on New Year's Eve".
Conductors said they were striking over the "imposition of centralised rostering and Christmas and New Year pay arrangements".