Railway Strikes

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Industrial action, also known as a ‘strike’ is due to take place on West Midlands Railway and London North Western rail services, on the following dates:

• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 16th November
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 23rd November
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 30th November
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 7th December
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 14th December
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 21st December
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 28th December

This is because of a dispute between West Midlands Railway and the National Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union over the role of the Guard.

To understand more about the strikes please visit West Midlands Railway website.

 

Please be aware that updated information to keep people moving during the upcoming rail strike is now available on www.networkwestmidlands.com/railstrike

 

On a strike day there will be fewer trains, some stations will not be served and some West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services will finish earlier than normal.

Key travel advice

The West Midlands remains open for business. You can still get to where you need to go but you will need to check before you travel and leave more time: 

  • Plan ahead: Strike day timetables will be made available a few days before a strike day but could change last minute. Plan your journey based on current information but remember to check it again before you travel by using National Rail Enquiries or by checking with your train operator.

 

  • Leave more time for journeys: Other train companies are due to run a normal Saturday service but will be busier than usual. Don’t aim for the last train home, get there early and expect to queue.

 

  • Stick to public transport: Other train operating companies are due to run as planned and the West Midlands Metro and West Midlands bus networks are a good alternative to train if you are travelling between Wolverhampton and Birmingham or making local journeys.

 

  • If you’re planning to go Christmas shopping or visit a Christmas Market: consider travelling into centres earlier and leaving earlier. The busiest time to travel around the West Midlands will be between 15:00-16:00.

 

For more information and help planning your journey on a strike day, please visit: networkwm.com/railstrike

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