Industrial action during December.
Unfortunately, the RMT union has called a number of strikes for December (the next scheduled dates are Saturday 23 December, Sunday 24 December, Wednesday 27 December and Sunday 31 December.) that will significantly affect CrossCountry train services. We will be operating a reduced service but running some longer trains. Amended timetables will be confirmed nearer to each strike day, so please keep checking this page for details before using any on-line journey planners. Click here for the latest information.
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The giant owl took to the tracks at Birmingham New Street Station to celebrate The Big Hoot Trail, a mass public art exhibition that has captivated Birmingham this summer, and has been winging its way across the country.
The trail was created by Wild in Art in partnership with Birmingham Children's Hospital, and features almost 100 decorated owl sculptures that can be found nestled away in different parts of the city.
As sponsors of The Big Hoot Trail, CrossCountry have contributed three of their own owls to the trail, all featuring original designs.
Train travellers can look out for the special Big Hoot train for the duration of the trail which will remain open until 27 September, after which the owls will be auctioned to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Notes to editors
The CrossCountry network is the most extensive passenger rail franchise in Britain. Stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance, Bournemouth to Manchester and from Stansted to Cardiff, it calls at over 100 stations. Based in Birmingham, CrossCountry connects seven of the Britain's 10 largest cities and delivers 295 services every weekday, equating to some 33 million passenger journeys a year.
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