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Chiltern Railways warns customers to only travel if absolutely essential on day affected by RMT strike

Train operator Chiltern Railways has issued strong guidance to customers to only travel if absolutely essential on the day of RMT strike action. The guidance is in effect on Wednesday 27 July. 

On this day, there will be extremely limited availability of staff and as such we will not be able to operate services on most routes. There will be no service north of Banbury or beyond Oxford Parkway. Services will finish much earlier than usual. 

Passengers seeking to travel to Leamington Spa, Oxford or Birmingham New Street on this day can join an hourly CrossCountry service at Banbury, which our terminating services will connect to. 

We expect to have significantly less staff to service and prepare the number of trains we would normally need to operate the timetable. Coupled with the fact we are unable to position our fleet how we normally would, this means that there will be a later start to our service on Thursday 28 July. 

Chiltern Railways strongly advises customers to consider their journey and seek alternative methods of transport, but in cases where rail travel is a necessity, to check their travel plans and last train home on the Chiltern Railways website ( or app.  

An amended timetable will be available online shortly. 

Travel guidance for subsequent industrial action may differ, and this will be announced in due course. 

More information and FAQs can be found on 

Service levels – Wednesday 27 July (subject to change) 

  • Service starts at 08:15AM 
  • Last trains from Marylebone:

    15:15 to Banbury
    16:00 to Oxford Parkway via Bicester Village
    16:15 to Bicester North
    16:35 to Aylesbury Vale Parkway via High Wycombe 

  • 3 trains per hour from London: 

    1 train to Banbury/Bicester North 
    1 train to Aylesbury Vale Parkway via High Wycombe 
    1 train to Oxford Parkway via Bicester Village

    There will also be one train per hour between Amersham and Aylesbury.

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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.