Drivers’ strike over pay will bring services to halt again

Train services on the Cotswold Line and connecting routes will again be affected by industrial action by train drivers’ union Aslef in early April.

The union has called a series of one-day strikes by its members at rail companies and a ban on working overtime will be in place from Thursday, April 4, until Saturday, April 6, and again on Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9, in the latest phase of a long-running dispute over drivers’ pay and conditions.

West Midlands Railway and CrossCountry Trains drivers will be on strike on Friday, April 5.

Great Western Railway and Chiltern Railways drivers will be on strike on Saturday, April 6.

Trains are not expected to run on the Cotswold Line on April 6. A very limited service will operate between about 7am and 7pm on some other GWR routes, including between Oxford and Reading. Engineering work means that no GWR services will operate between Reading and London that day, but South Western Railway services to London Waterloo and Elizabeth Line trains to Paddington and central London will be running from Reading.

No West Midlands Railway or CrossCountry Trains services will operate on Friday, April 5, and Chiltern Railways will not run any services on Saturday, April 6.

During the period of the overtime ban, all four operators’ services are expected to be affected by short-notice cancellations and alterations, so 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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