Suspended Industrial Action Autumn 2019

There seems to be some gremlins in our station announcement systems which are still saying that the strike action is still going ahead. We are happy to clarify that all action has been suspended, and our IT gurus are working to fix the bug and remove the automated announcements. Apologies for the interim.

Last Updated:
Monday 9 December 2019

What’s happening?

We have reached an agreement with the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) to settle a trade dispute regarding the role of senior conductors on new trains. Both sides have worked hard on our shared vision to keep a conductor on every train, which is great news for passengers and staff alike.

This means that no further strike action will take place.

However, this agreement has come too late to withdraw Saturday’s amended timetable as the national deadline for short-notice changes has passed. Future schedules are of course being amended to ensure a full Saturday service is reinstated from 14th December, including Advance ticket quotas.

  • We will run far fewer trains than normal, although more than in recent weeks
  • Our operations team will work with Network Rail to run extra services where possible
  • Please consider whether your journey is necessary - tickets will be accepted on Sunday/Monday if you'd rather delay your trip

We will do our best to get you to your destination as quickly as possible, and managers will be on-hand at key stations (and on board) to assist the local teams in providing helpful advice and travel updates.

Updates for 7th December

The planned timetable is based on what we ran on 30th November:

  1. Currently, we expect to run NO TRAINS between Bletchley and Bedford or between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey. However, please check live online journey planners on the day to check whether we've been able to reinstate any services
  2. We do not expect the multiple cancellations on the Northampton to Euston route that passengers have suffered over the past three Saturdays. As there is no longer a picket line, drivers are expected to work as normal
  3. As per last week, we have ordered over 150 buses and coaches to supplement the train service, and these will run to a timetable on a number of routes. Please check online journey planners for details
  4. Trains are expected to be extremely busy. If you are travelling to London from South of Rugby, remember you may use your rail ticket on East Midlands Railway services from Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford or Luton; on Thameslink services from Bedford, Luton and St Albans City; on London Overground from Watford Junction to London Euston; and on Southern services from Milton Keynes to Harrow & Wealdstone/Shepherd's Bush

Plan your journey

Our advice:

  • Plan ahead: Check your journey now and again just before you travel - be aware that trains may start later and finish earlier than normal. Some routes will have no train service at all.
  • Leave more time for journeys: Many journeys will take longer than normal, or require a change of train. Other train companies won't be accepting tickets marked 'LNR/WMR trains only' unless specified on this page. Don’t aim for the last train home: get there early and be prepared to queue at busier stations.
  • Consider your options: If you no longer wish to travel on Saturday, we’re happy to refund your ticket or allow you to travel on the Friday before or the Sunday/Monday afterwards. If you hold a season ticket, you'll be entitled to Delay Repay compensation, as you normally would, if you travel on affected dates.
  • Only travel if necessary: we're going to be really busy, so please consider if your journey is essential.

You can download our 'print at home' train timetables as a guide:

We will also be running rail replacement bus services on several routes to supplement the train service in case of any issues (times on 7th December will be the same as the times published for 30th November). We'll have co-ordinators on hand at 10 key locations across the network, too, to help things run as smoothly as possible:​

What are my rights?

Delay Repay:

We will pay compensation if trains run late on the day, based on the revised timetables above. If your journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more, you're entitled to compensation under our Delay Repay scheme. Please keep hold of your ticket and submit your claim within 28 days.

Get your money back if you choose not to travel...

Under the National Rail Conditions of Travel, if you have purchased a ticket and your train is cancelled or delayed, and you choose not to travel, you can return the unused ticket to the retailer from whom you bought it, and receive a full refund (no administration fee will be charged). This applies to all tickets including those which are usually non-refundable. Alternatively, if you have booked an Advance ticket to travel on our services on Saturday, you can use it the day before (Friday), or on Sunday/Monday instead, if that works better for you. If you hold a season ticket, you'll be entitled to Delay Repay compensation (as you normally would) if you travel on affected date.

Keep up to date, before and on the day

We want to keep our customers informed, and provide you with updates as they happen:

  • Online journey planners will show the train services that will be in operation on the strike days a few days before.
  • Check your journey again before you travel.
  • Check our 'Travel Updates' on every page of our website and in our app.
  • follow us on Twitter for real-time updates: @LNRailway

What trains will we be running?

Here is a summary of the train service we plan to run on Saturdays affected by this industrial action. We will update online journey planners a few days in advance, so you can see exactly how it impacts on your journey.

To make our timetable more reliable, we are splitting it into the following clearly defined routes:


There will be a reduced service along this route throughout the day.

Passengers who are travelling between London/Watford/Milton Keynes and the West Midlands should change trains at Northampton.

Download an easy to print planned timetable: London Euston - Watford Jn - Milton Keynes - Northampton

If it's more convenient, you can use your ticket on Thameslink services between London St Pancras and Luton / Bedford, or East Midlands Railway services between London St Pancras and Kettering / Wellingborough instead. You'll need to make your own way to/from these stations.

There will be a reduced service along this route throughout the day.

Passengers who are travelling between London/Watford/Milton Keynes and Rugby/Coventry/Birmingham should change trains at Northampton.

Download the easy to print planned timetable: Birmingham - Coventry - Rugby - Northampton

There will be a reduced service along this route throughout the day.

  • There will be no LNR service calling at Stone, Stoke on Trent, Kidsgrove or Alsager. East Midlands Railway runs trains between Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe, and Northern runs between Stoke-on-Trent and Kidsgrove.
  • Services at Acton Bridge have varying gaps between calling services throughout the day.
  • There will be a 'shuttle train service' in both directions between Crewe and Liverpool until 17:00 to supplement the trains running between Birmingham and Liverpool
  • Passengers with 'WMR & LNR only' tickets between the North West and London may use East Midlands Railway services e.g. Liverpool to Sheffield/Sheffield to London (journey time approx 4h20m) or Crewe to Derby/Derby to London St Pancras (journey time approx 3h05m).

Download the easy to print planned timetable: Birmingham - Wolverhampton - Stafford - Crewe - Liverpool Lime St

Planned first and last trains
First train Last train
Liverpool Lime St to Crewe and Birmingham 06:34 from Liverpool LS 21:34 from Liverpool LS
Birmingham to Liverpool Lime St 07:36 from New St 20:36 from New St
Birmingham to Crewe 07:36 from New St 22:39 from New St
Crewe to Birmingham 06:16 from Crewe 22:21 from Crewe
Crewe to Liverpool 05:48 from Crewe 21:30 from Crewe

There will be no LNR service between London Euston and Crewe via Nuneaton.

You can travel with us via Northampton and Birmingham New Street, as noted below, or with East Midlands Railway between London St Pancras and Leicester / Derby.

  • Where your ticket shows a route of 'Any Permitted' you may travel on Virgin Trains, where available.
  • Our advice for passengers from stations on this route is:
Your journey Advice
between Crewe & London

Change at Birmingham New Street and Northampton, or with Virgin Trains if your ticket is NOT marked "WMR & LNR ONLY".

Travel with East Midlands Railway ("WMR & LNR ONLY" tickets will be accepted) from Derby to Crewe, then from Derby to London St Pancras (journey time approx. 3h05m).

between Birmingham & London Change at Northampton. Or with Virgin Trains or Chiltern Railways (from Birmingham Moor St) if your ticket is NOT marked "WMR & LNR ONLY".
to / from Rugeley No direct service. Rail replacement road transport will be running between Rugeley and Walsall, for a train service to London, changing at Birmingham New Street and Northampton.
to / from Lichfield/Stafford Change at Birmingham New Street and Northampton
to / from Tamworth

Change at Derby, or at Birmingham New Street and Northampton

East Midlands Railway will be accepting "WMR & LNR ONLY" tickets from Derby to London St Pancras (journey time approx. 1h30m).

to / from Polesworth and Atherstone No service available (although the rail replacement bus will serve Atherstone)
to / from Nuneaton

Change at Coventry, Birmingham New Street or Leicester

East Midlands Railway will be accepting "WMR & LNR ONLY" tickets from Leicester to London St Pancras (journey time approx. 1h10m)


Rail replacement buses will also run between Stafford and Nuneaton (approximately hourly, calling at all stations), and between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall (approximately half-hourly, calling at all stations).

There will be no service on these lines. Rail replacement buses will be in operation on both the Marston Vale and Abbey Line (which will be extended to St Albans City for Thameslink connections).