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CrossCountry passengers urged to prepare for disruption as ASLEF and RMT union members set to strike in May and June

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  • There will be no CrossCountry services on Wednesday 31 May and Saturday 3 June due to planned strike action by ASLEF. Passengers are urged to make alternative travel arrangements.
  • There will also be disruption on Friday 2 June when RMT union members strike, resulting in a reduced CrossCountry services across the network. Some stations may also be closed all day.
  • Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

There will be significant disruption across the rail network in May and June due to planned industrial action by The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

As a result, CrossCountry will not run any services on Wednesday 31 May and Saturday 3 June with passengers being urged to make alternative travel arrangements.

CrossCountry passengers are being warned to check before they travel on Friday 2 June due to planned strike action by the RMT.

The strikes will affect services on 14 train companies with trains due to start later and finish much earlier than usual.

On Friday 2nd June, CrossCountry will run:

  • One train an hour between Bristol Temple Meads and Derby.
  • One train every other hour between Derby and Sheffield via Erewash due to planned engineering work.
  • One train an hour between Sheffield and York with extensions to Edinburgh.
  • One train an hour between Manchester and Birmingham International, travelling via Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport. Every other hour, services will run to Oxford.
  • One train every other hour between Birmingham New Street and Oxford.
  • One train every other hour between Didcot Parkway and Southampton via Reading.
  • Two return services per day between Plymouth and Bristol Parkway.
  • Two trains an hour between Birmingham New Street and Leicester, with extensions through to Peterborough.
  • Train every other hour between Derby and Birmingham calling at Willington and Wilnecote.

CrossCountry will run a normal service on the days around the planned strike action. However, services are likely to be busier than usual. Some train operators may have minor alterations to services on the days following strike action. Passengers should check with individual operators before they travel.

Full details will be available in due course on https://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/travel-updates-information/changes-to-train-times/industrial-action. Delay repay, refund and ticket acceptance information will also be available via the same link.

Mark Goodall, Director of Service Delivery said: “The latest round of strikes are set to cause further disruption for passengers at a time when we should be focusing on rebuilding confidence in rail. While we’re doing everything we can to run as many services as possible, there will be significant disruption.

“We advise that passengers check before they travel for the latest information as well as the times of last trains and allow extra time for their journeys.”

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