Train drivers’ pay dispute causes more disruption

Train services on the Cotswold Line and connecting routes will again be affected by industrial action by train drivers’ union Aslef over the coming week.

The union has called a series of one-day strikes by its members at rail companies and a ban on working overtime is in place from today, Friday, December 1, until Saturday, December 9.

Great Western Railway drivers will be on strike on Thursday, December 7, and trains will not run on the Cotswold Line all day, with a very limited service between about 7am and 7pm on some other GWR routes, including between Oxford, Reading and London.

CrossCountry Trans’ drivers will also be on strike that day, while drivers at West Midlands Railway and Chiltern Railways will be on strike this Sunday, December 3. All three companies say they will not operate any trains on the days of the strikes.

The ban on overtime working will also disrupt services on some GWR routes on Sunday, December 3. While a near-normal Sunday service is expected to operate on the Cotswold Line, and between Worcester, Gloucester and Bristol, some parts of the GWR network will have no service at all. Long-distance trains will not run between London and Bristol, South Wales and the South West, and there will be not be any replacement bus services in operation.

GWR says there may be short-notice alterations and cancellations of services the rest of the week, so passengers are advised to check if their train is running before setting out to a station.

CrossCountry, West Midlands Railway and Chiltern will be operating modified timetables the rest of the week due to the overtime ban, with WMR warning that there will be a reduced service in operation between Birmingham, Worcester and Hereford throughout the industrial action.

Passengers are advised to check their train will be running before setting out to a station.

Click here for details of GWR services during the industrial action.

Click here for details of West Midlands Railway services.

Click here for details of CrossCountry Trains services.

Click here for details of Chiltern Railways services

You can also get on-the-day updates using each operator’s Journeycheck page:





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