Press release -
Travel Advice ahead of industrial action on Saturday
West Midlands Railway (WMR) and London Northwestern Railway (LNR) will run a reduced service on Saturday 16 November. This is due to planned industrial action by members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).
An amended timetable will be in operation. Both train companies are asking passengers to carefully consider their journeys and check on the day of travel, as a reduced service will operate.
Some parts of the network will have no WMR or LNR trains, including stations between:
- Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury
- Kidderminster and Hereford
- Hereford and Bromsgrove
- Whitlocks End and Stratford-upon-Avon
- Stratford-upon-Avon and Dorridge
- Dorridge and Leamington Spa
- Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley
- Rugby and Crewe via Nuneaton and Rugeley Trent Valley
- Crewe and Stafford via Stoke-on-Trent
Tickets for travel this Saturday may be used on Friday 15 November or Sunday 17 November or passengers can receive a full refund.
For those who do travel, WMR or LNR tickets will be accepted on NX Bus and Metro services.
Further industrial action is scheduled to take place each Saturday until the end of December. Passengers are advised to watch for further announcements regarding future strike days.
Notes to Editors
For a list of frequently asked questions about the industrial action, see:
About West Midlands Trains
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West Midlands Trains operates both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services.
- London Northwestern Railway services operate between Liverpool and Birmingham, and on the West Coast mainline to and from London Euston.
- West Midlands Railway services operate to destinations across the West Midlands via Birmingham New Street.
The West Midlands Trains franchise started on 10 December 2017 and will run until 2025/26.
West Midlands Trains operates 1,300 services a day, manages 150 stations and provides over 70 million passenger journeys a year. Over the course of the franchise, West Midlands Trains will be investing £1 billion into the rail network to deliver new trains, improved routes and station upgrades. This will include 400 new train carriages across the network and space for an extra 85,000 passengers into Birmingham and London at peak times.
The franchise is a joint venture between Abellio (70.1% share) and East Japan Railway Company / Mitsui & Co., Ltd (29.9% share in a 50:50 split). Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In the UK, Abelllio operates ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, Merseyrail services in a joint venture with Serco and buses through Abellio London. For more information visit www.abellio.com
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