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Industrial action to affect Chiltern Railways services between 4th-6th and 8th-9th April

  • Customers advised to check before travel on dates affected 
  • Strike action at other operators means that services on Friday 5 April will be exceptionally busy. Customers should only travel if essential 
  • Chiltern Railways will not be serving the England Lionesses game at Wembley Stadium on Friday 5 April
  • No Chiltern services on Saturday 6 April 

Chiltern Railways is warning customers to check before they travel, as industrial action by ASLEF will affect journeys during the first week of April after the Easter weekend. 

The impact that the industrial action by ASLEF, compromising of an overtime ban and one formal strike day, differs day-by-day. This is because of pre-planned engineering works scheduled to take place at the same time as the industrial action, as well as strikes at other operators.  

Due to an overtime ban on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April, a reduced service will be in operation across most of the network. There will be no service north of Birmingham Moor Street, or at some stations in Greater London. The line between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury is also closed due to HS2 engineering works, with buses replacing trains on these days.  

On Friday 5 April, in addition to these service reductions, strike action at other operators means that there will be no services between London Euston and Birmingham New Street. This means that Chiltern’s reduced service between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street will be exceptionally busy. For this reason, customers should only travel if absolutely essential on this day. 

Chiltern Railways will not be serving the England Lionesses game at Wembley Stadium on this day. Customers are advised to use alternative options, such as the Transport for London network, to reach the match.  

On Saturday 6 April, strike action on the Chiltern network means that no Chiltern services will run on any route.  

On Sunday 7 April, no industrial action is scheduled. A special timetable will be in operation to serve the Bristol Street Motors Trophy Final between Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United, with additional services between High Wycombe and Wembley Stadium. Queuing systems will be in operation on this day. 

To accommodate this enhanced service, no trains will run between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and London Marylebone (via Amersham) all day, or between Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa after 13.00.  

On Monday 8 April and Tuesday 9 April, a reduced service will be in place due to further ASLEF industrial action. There will be no service north of Birmingham Moor Street, or at some stations in Greater London.  

This is compounded by a strike on the London Underground network by the RMT on Monday 8 April, meaning that Chiltern services are unable to call at Amersham, Chalfont & Latimer, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, and Harrow on the Hill on this day. 

On all days affected, trains will finish much earlier than usual. Customers should check ahead before they travel on the Chiltern Railways website (www.chilternrailways.co.uk) or app. 

Customers can find out more detail about how this industrial action will affect their specific station or route by visiting www.chilternrailways.co.uk/strike. This webpage contains the number of trains per hour for each route, as well as last train times.

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Notes to editors

  • Bespoke travel advice for the Wycombe Wanderers game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 7 April will be released tomorrow, Thursday 28 March.
  • Chiltern Railways is part of the Arriva group, one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe,  employing around 38,000 people and delivering around 1.5 billion passenger journeys across 10 European countries. 
  • 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 Stourbridge Junction.
  • 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.