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Rail strikes: no Chiltern Railways services on 1 and 5 October

Train operator Chiltern Railways has warned customers that on Saturday 1 October (RMT and ASLEF strike) and Wednesday 5 October (ASLEF strike), there will be no Chiltern Railways service on any route.  

For other national train services on 1 October and 5 October, there will be very limited services across the UK, with no services in some places. 

On Sunday 2 October, trains will start later than usual (from approximately 9am-10am) due to the displacement of trains. Customers should check their first train if they are travelling on Sunday 2 October.   

Due to planned engineering works, Oxford station is closed on Sunday 2 October, with rail replacement bus services between Oxford and Oxford Parkway in operation for onward services to London Marylebone.  

There should not be an impact to services on Thursday 6 October, but trains may be busier than usual.  

If customers have booked a ticket for 1 October, it is valid for travel on the 30 September - Tuesday 4 October inclusive. If customers have booked a ticket for the 5 October, it is valid for travel on the 4 October - Friday 7 October inclusive.

Chiltern expects to operate a significantly reduced timetable on Saturday 8 October (RMT strike) with further information to be confirmed in due course. 

The most up to date information for customers can be found on    

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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.