Aslef strike set to extend service shutdown to two days

A strike called by the train drivers’ union Aslef on Friday, September 1, is expected to cause a two-day shutdown Cotswold Line services.

The walkout on Friday, September 1, will be followed on Saturday, September 2, by another one-day strike by train managers and senior conductors who are members of the RMT union .

Both unions have called on their members to strike in long-running disputes over pay and terms & conditions of employment.

The RMT union, which represents train managers and senior conductors, has also called a strike on Saturday, August 26.

These strikes are expected to cause widespread disruption to GWR services and trains will probably not run on most of the GWR network, including between Oxford, Worcester and Hereford, and between Worcester, Gloucester and Bristol.

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These disputes will also affect services operated by West Midlands Railway and CrossCountry Trains.

Few trains will run on the day of the Aslef strike, while on the days when RMT members are on strike, WMR is not expected to operate any services between Birmingham, Worcester and Hereford, nor between Worcester and Kidderminster and CrossCountry will not operate trains between Birmingham and Cardiff via Worcestershire Parkway and only a limited service until late afternoon between Birmingham and the South Coast via Oxford.

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