Industrial Action

What’s Happening?

The RMT union members intend to strike on Thursday 18 August 2022 and Saturday 20 August 2022, and TSSA union members have voted in favour of action short of a strike between Thursday 18 August 2022 - Saturday 20 August 2022.

If this action goes ahead a significantly reduced timetable will be in operation across the network on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August. Services will also be significantly disrupted on Friday 19 August. Further details of what services will be running will be published on this web page closer to the strike date.

Timetable details: Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August

Due to industrial action by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), London Northwestern Railway services will be running to a limited timetable on a limited number of routes (similar to the recent timetable on 27 July). Other routes will not be served. As a very limited service will be in place during this time, you're advised to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary on these dates.

  • PDF timetables for Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August 2022 can now be viewed here
  • Online journey planners for Thursday 18 August 2022 are now up to date.
  • Online journey planners for Saturday 20 August 2022 will be updated on Tuesday 16 August 2022

Summary of timetables on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August 2022:

A limited timetable will be in operation on the following routes only. London Northwestern Railway services will not be running on other routes.

  • Birmingham - Northampton - London Euston
  • Birmingham - Wolverhampton - Crewe

First and last trains on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August 2022:

Birmingham New Street – Northampton – London Euston

First Trains

  • Northampton – London Euston (calling at all stations except for Bushey, Harrow & Wealdstone and Wembley Central): 07.40
  • Birmingham New Street- Northampton (calling at all stations except for Adderley Park, Stechford, Lea Hall, Hampton-in-Arden and Canley): 07.34
  • Birmingham New Street – Birmingham International (calling at all local stations): 08.17
  • Birmingham International – Birmingham New Street (calling at all local stations): 07.42
  • Northampton – Birmingham New Street (calling at all stations except for Lea Hall, Stechford and Adderley Park): 07.38
  • London Euston – Northampton (calling at all stations except for Bushey, Harrow & Wealdstone and Wembley Central): 07.33

Last Trains

  • Birmingham International – Birmingham New Street (calling at all local stations): 17.42
  • Northampton – Birmingham New Street (calling at Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry and Birmingham International): 17.38
  • London Euston – Northampton (calling at all local stations except for Bushey, Harrow & Wealdstone and Wembley Central): 17.03
  • London Euston – Bletchley (Calling at Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and Leighton Buzzard): 17.30
  • Birmingham New Street – Northampton: 17.14
  • Birmingham New Street – Birmingham International: 18.10

Birmingham – Wolverhampton – Crewe

First Trains

  • Birmingham New Street – Crewe: 08.03
  • Birmingham New Street – Wolverhampton (all local stations): 08.07
  • Wolverhampton – Birmingham New Street (calling at Smethwick Galton Bridge only): 07.32
  • Wolverhampton – Birmingham New Street (calling at all local stations): 07.50
  • Crewe – Birmingham New Street: 07.51

Last Trains

  • Birmingham New Street – Crewe: 17.04
  • Birmingham New Street – Wolverhampton (all local stations): 18.00
  • Birmingham New Street – Wolverhampton (calling at Smethwick Galton Bridge only): 18.07
  • Crewe – Birmingham New Street: 16.53
  • Wolverhampton – Birmingham New Street (all local stations): 17.48

Timetable details: Friday 19 August

Due to the knock-on effect of strike by the RMT union on Thursday 18 August 2022, and action short of a strike by the TSSA union, a reduced timetable will also be in operation on Friday 19 August 2022. Online journey planners for this date will be updated on Saturday 13 August 2022. PDF timetables for Friday 19 August are available here.

Birmingham New Street – Liverpool Lime Street

  • Services will start up later than usual.

First Trains

  • Birmingham – Liverpool: 08.03
  • Liverpool – Birmingham: 09.07

Birmingham New Street – Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent

  • Buses replace trains between Stafford – Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent and local stations. Customers are advised to use alternative services between Birmingham New Street – Crewe, and Stafford – Crewe.

Birmingham New Street – Northampton

  • Services will start up later than usual.

First Trains

  • Birmingham – Northampton: 08.14
  • Birmingham– Birmingham International via local stations: 08.39
  • Northampton – Birmingham: 08.39
  • Coventry – Birmingham: 07.50
  • Birmingham International – Birmingham via local stations: 08.16

Northampton – London Euston

  • Services will start up later than usual.
  • Amended timetables will be in place and fewer trains will be running between Northampton - London Euston,

First trains

  • Milton Keynes – London Euston: 07.39
  • Northampton – London Euston: 08.24
  • Tring – London Euston: 08.26
  • London Euston – Tring: 08.03
  • London Euston – Northampton: 08.16

Crewe – London Euston via Trent Valley

  • Buses replace trains between Rugby – Stafford. Trent Valley services will not be running between Rugby – London Euston.
  • Customers are advised to use alternative service between London Euston – Rugby, and between Stafford – Crewe.

Abbey Line

  • Services will start up later than usual, and 4 services will be served by bus.

First Trains

  • Watford Junction – St Albans Abbey: 08.46
  • St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction: 09.08

The following services will be served by bus:

  • 18.56 and 22.21 Watford Junction – St Albans Abbey
  • 19.17 and 22.44 St Albans Abbey – Watford Junction

Marston Vale Line

  • Services will start up later than usual.

First Trains

  • Bletchley – Bedford: 08.01
  • Bedford – Bletchley: 08.48

Timetable details: Sunday 21 August

Due to the knock-on effect of RMT strike action on Saturday 20 August, the following morning services will not be run:

  • 06.51 London Euston - Northampton
  • 06.42 Milton Keynes - London Euston
  • 07.10 Milton Keynes - London Euston
  • 07.38 Milton Keynes - London Euston

What are my options if I have a ticket for a strike day?

All non-Season Tickets dated Thursday 18 or Saturday 20 August can be used a day before or up to and including Tuesday 23 August. No Admin fee will be charged.

If your train is cancelled or delayed, and you choose not to travel, tickets can be changed to another date, or they can be returned for a full refund at your point of purchase. No administration fee will be charged. For more information, please visit our Refund & Exchanges policy.

If you purchased your ticket from another provider, you will need to contact them directly.

If you're a monthly or longer Season ticket holder, or activated a Flexi Season pass for a strike day, you can claim a strike day back if you decided not to travel with Delay Repay.

Please select the 'Strike Action' option when filling in your claim form. You'll just need to tell us the outward portion of your trip only (not return journey) to claim a full day of your ticket.

If you choose to travel but your journey is delayed or disrupted, based on the amended timetable, you are entitled to Delay Repay as normal.

If you’d like to refund your Season ticket you can do so under our Refunds & exchanges policy. A £10 administration fee will apply in this instance.

Frequently asked questions

We expect to run a very limited service and some parts of our network are likely to have no trains. Our advice to customers is to only travel if your journey is essential and you have no other means of transport available.

Temporary timetables will be published on this web page when available.

Due to the scale of the industrial action we expect to provide a very limited service.

Passenger Assistance provision will be available as usual on services we are able to run and can still be booked with two hours' notice or customers can turn up and go. However, we are strongly advising customers to only travel if your journey is essential and you have no other means of transport available.

With a reduced number of signallers available due to RMT strike action, services are expected to run only between 7.30am and 6.30pm on strike days to allow space on the network for vital freight services to continue operating.

In order to run our usual timetable, trains must be in designated positions at the start and end of each day. The strike action means there will be some disruption to days either side of strike days as trains cannot be moved into their correct positions.

Due to the scale of this national strike action it is not possible to provide rail replacement transport.

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 your point of purchase for a full refund.

If you hold a season ticket, you will be entitled to Delay Repay compensation if you travel on an affected date.

If you don't make your outbound journey because of the strike, you are entitled to a refund on your outbound and return ticket even if the latter is not affected by a strike. And the same if the return journey was affected by a strike but the outbound was not.

Due to the significantly reduced timetable during strike days, we have withdrawn the sale of Advance Fares.
Customers who have already purchased an Advance tickets dated Thursday 18 or Saturday 20 August can be used a day before or up to and including Tuesday 23 August. No Admin fee will be charged.

Yes, if you have an Advance ticket for any date until 30 September 2022, you can make the following changes to your Advance ticket with no admin fee:

  • Exchange Advance ticket for an eVoucher
  • Request a change of journey on an Advance ticket

Visit our Refund & exchanges page for more information

You will be eligible to claim Delay Repay if your journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more against the revised timetable in operation on a strike day. Please keep hold of your ticket and submit your claim within 28 days of travel.

Please check the relevant operator website or National Rail Enquiries for information on what services are running