Drivers’ union sets new strike date in pay battle

Services on the Cotswold Line and connecting routes will again be disrupted in early May, due to industrial action by train drivers who are members of the trade union Aslef.

The union has called another series of one-day strikes by its members and a ban on working overtime will be in place from the May bank holiday on Monday, April 6, until Saturday, May 11, in the latest phase of a long-running dispute over drivers’ pay and conditions.

Great Western Railway, West Midlands Railway CrossCountry Trains drivers will all be on strike on Wednesday. May 8. Other operators around the country will be hit by strikes on Tuesday, May 7, and Thursday, May 8.

Trains will not run on the Cotswold Line on May 8, but a limited service will operate between about 7am and 7pm on a few GWR routes, including between Oxford and Reading, with some services also running on the lines between Reading and Basingstoke, Newbury and Redhill.

West Midlands Railway, CrossCountry Trains and Chiltern Railways have all announced that they will not run any services on May 8.

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