MYB 2022

Chiltern Railways warn of severe disruption to services on first week of January

Train operator Chiltern Railways has warned customers to only travel if absolutely essential over the first week of January - and that on two days there will be no services at all. 

Ongoing RMT industrial action (an overtime ban until 2 January and strike action on 3, 4, 6 and 7 January) means that there will be significantly reduced timetable in operation.  

If travelling is a necessity, customers should triple-check their full journey on the Chiltern Railways website or app before attempting to travel. 

Customers can find out more information about how upcoming industrial action will affect them by visiting 

Service levels – 1 to 8 January 

1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 January 

On these dates, customers should only travel if absolutely essential.  

There will be no Chiltern Railways services north of Banbury or south of Amersham, and services will start later and finish much earlier than usual (between approximately 15.00 and 16.00).  

On 2 January, trains will run later into the evening. Customers should check their last train before they attempt to travel. 

A very limited service will be in operation throughout each day. During times of operation, there will be four trains per hour: 

  • Marylebone to stations to Oxford Parkway (via Bicester Village, and vice-versa) 
  • Marylebone to stations to Aylesbury (via High Wycombe, and vice-versa) 
  • Marylebone to stations to Banbury (and vice-versa) 
  • Aylesbury Vale Parkway to stations to Amersham (and vice-versa) 
5 January 

Due to strike action by ASLEF, no Chiltern Railways services will run on any route. 

6 January 

Due to the cumulative impact of strikes and industrial action, staff shortages mean that Chiltern Railways will be unable to prepare, fuel and service trains at depots ahead of this day. As a result, no Chiltern Railways services will run on any route. 

Chiltern Railways would like to apologise to the customers and communities it serves for the very significant inconvenience that they are experiencing due to the ongoing RMT and ASLEF industrial action. 

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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.