Birmingham Moor Street

Chiltern Railways issues travel guidance for customers on Saturday 30 July

Chiltern Railways have warned customers that services are likely to be extremely busy on Saturday 30 July. Due to strike action on other operating companies coinciding with the first weekend of the Commonwealth Games, customers should expect to queue at stations in the West Midlands and are advised to plan ahead, check their train before they travel and allow extra time for their journey.  

This advice has been issued after the ASLEF strike action that was due to take place on Chiltern’s services on Saturday 30 July was cancelled. 

This development only affects Chiltern Railways services. The ASLEF strike will still proceed on some other train operators. 

ASLEF has withdrawn the Ballot for Industrial Action Notice issued to Chiltern Railways and consequently the strike announced for Saturday 30 July will no longer proceed. Chiltern had written to ASLEF to challenge the basis of the ballot process. 

This means that Chiltern Railways will run a normal timetable on Saturday 30 July.  

While this is a boost for those travelling to and from the Commonwealth Games in the West Midlands, strike action at other operating companies means that significant pressure will be placed on the route.  

If customers are travelling on 30 July, they are advised to prepare for busy services by buying tickets before they travel and checking online for the latest updates at  

Chiltern's travel guidance over the entire Commonwealth Games period can be found at  

Contact Information

Notes to editors

About Chiltern

  • Chiltern Railways is part of the Arriva group, one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing 53,000 people and delivering 2 billion passenger journeys a year across 14 European countries. Arriva are part of Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies, responsible for DB's passenger transport services outside Germany.
  • Chiltern operates commuter/regional rail passenger services from its Central London terminus at London Marylebone along the M40 corridor to destinations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, as well as long-distance services to the West Midlands along two routes. Services on the Chiltern Main Line run from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford, with some peak-hour services to Kidderminster.
  • Chiltern also runs trains on the London to Aylesbury Line to Aylesbury (with some trains terminating at Aylesbury Vale Parkway instead), on the Princes Risborough to Aylesbury and Oxford to Bicester branch lines.