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CrossCountry urges passengers to plan ahead and only travel if necessary on strike days

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• Strike dates confirmed for Tuesday 21 June, Thursday 23 June and Saturday 25 June 
• CrossCountry to run a limited service on days affected 
• Customers asked to consider altering their travel plans to avoid strike days

CrossCountry has confirmed their special timetable which will be in place from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th June (inclusive) due to planned strike action by the RMT (The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers).

The action will take place across 13 train operating companies, including CrossCountry and Network Rail, resulting in significant disruption across the network.

As a result, the number of CrossCountry train services being run will be limited, both on strike dates and those either side.

The hours of operation across the network will also be reduced to between 7.30am and 6.30pm on strike days to ensure essential rail freight services can operate.

The following routes will have a limited service in place between 7.30am and 6.30pm on strike days:

  • Birmingham – North East and Scotland: One train per hour between Birmingham and York (via Leeds) with four trains per day extended to Edinburgh.​
  • Birmingham – Bristol: No trains will run between Birmingham and Bristol due to Gloucester signal box being closed.
  • Bristol – Plymouth: Two trains per day between Bristol and Plymouth.
  • Leicester – Peterborough: No trains will run between Leicester and Peterborough.
  • Birmingham – Leicester: One train per hour between Birmingham and Leicester.
  • Manchester – Reading/Southampton: One train per hour between Manchester (via Crewe and Styal) and Reading with some extensions to Southampton​.

Tom Joyner, Managing Director at CrossCountry said: “We are of course disappointed by this unnecessary action and are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause. We are working with industry partners to offer the best service possible despite the actions of the RMT. We remain open to speaking with union colleagues to reach a compromise. However, if the strike goes ahead it will cause significant disruption.

“We strongly advise passengers to avoid travelling by rail wherever possible during this time and make alternative arrangements. If travel by train is essential, we urge customers to allow significant extra time and check their journey details in advance.”

Information about CrossCountry services is available at and will be regularly updated. Delay repay, refund and ticket acceptance information will also be available via the same link.

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