Thousands of rail passengers have been spared Christmas chaos after train conductors called off two one-day strikes.
More than 500 members of the RMT union have been in dispute with Central Trains over compensation for bank holiday working compensation.
However, last night the union confirmed it had accepted a new offer from the train operator after marathon talks on Thursday and called off the action.
The RMT executive endorsed Central's proposal to give all conductors a day's leave for each of the "substitute" bank holidays of December 27 and January 2.
The company will also pay double time for conductors working on New Year's Day.
The company has also agreed to enter into "meaningful discussions" with the union to review contentious Sunday working arrangements.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow, who had branded the company a "Scrooge" earlier in the week, said: Our members should be proud of their united stand.
"Central Trains has recognised our grievance over compensation for working bank holidays when Christmas and New Year fall at weekends.
"The company has accepted that substitute bank holidays should be recognised as such and our members compensated accordingly.
"Our members will also receive double time for working on New Year's Day itself, and the company has agreed to review Sunday working arrangements that have caused much resentment."
Last night, Central Trains said the existing advertised timetable - which will be hit by engineering work at New Street - will now operate on all routes on both days.
Steve Banaghan, managing director, said: "We are very pleased that the RMT has called off the strikes. It is good news for passengers and means that we can now concentrate on operating our train services and continuing to improve our operational performance."
The chairman of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority welcomed the strike cancellation.
The decision followed a meeting between PTA chairman Councillor Gary Clarke and Mr Banaghan on Thursday morning.
"Our survey of passengers in previous years has shown that public transport has an important role in helping to bring families and friends together during the Christmas holidays - as well as get to the shops and I'm delighted that the rail conductors' decision not to strike has restored a season of goodwill," said Coun Clarke.
Meanwhile, Sunday strikes by more than 300 RMT guards on the Birmingham-based Virgin Cross Country network are set to go ahead from January 1 after the RMT said the operator refused an offer of last-minute talks to settle the dispute over the erosion of Sunday pay rates.