MYB 2022

Chiltern Railways warns of disruption 6th - 9th January

Train operator Chiltern Railways has warned customers of substantial disruption through to and including Monday 9 January.

The cumulative impact of RMT industrial action on 3 and 4 January, and ASLEF industrial action on 5 January, means that we do not have enough available staff at work to be able to service and fuel enough of our trains to provide any train service on 6 January. All our trains are diesel trains and need to be fuelled approximately every three days. This means there will be no Chiltern services on any route on Friday 6 January.

Customers are also warned that planned Network Rail engineering work means that buses replace trains between Aylesbury and Princes Risborough on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January.

Customers are advised to only travel if essential on Saturday 7 January and Sunday 8 January, due to the ongoing impact of industrial action. A very limited service will be in operation this weekend, with no Chiltern service north of Banbury or to Oxford. Trains will start much later and finish much earlier than normal. If customers have to travel, they are advised to triple-check their journey. More information can be found on the Chiltern Railways website Strike Action | Chiltern Railways

The RMT’s four consecutive weeks of industrial action will end on Sunday 8 January. Chiltern Railways expects there to be a significant knock-on impact to the train service on Monday 9 January. Short-notice cancellations and shorter train formations than usual are likely on Monday 9 January.

The full Chiltern timetable will be reinstated from Monday 9 January. This is the new, improved timetable that was implemented on 11 December, just before the latest period of industrial action began. In this new timetable some services have been re-timed to maximise capacity, and so customers returning to the railway after this period of disruption should double-check before they travel as their train may be leaving at a slightly different time than in the past.

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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.