Passengers have been reminded to only travel by train if necessary on Saturday (26 November) due to the 24-hour Aslef strike.
Train services will be severely impacted on Saturday as the leadership of the train drivers’ union Aslef has called for more train drivers’ strikes – with drivers from 11 train companies pulling out – and significantly reduced rail services across the country, with services beginning later on Saturday morning and ending much later earlier than usual – with services usually taking place between 7.30am and 6.30pm on the day of the strike.
Disruptions are also expected on Sunday as a reduced schedule is in operation and passengers can choose to use their ticket on another day or request a refund.
Network Rail is reminding passengers to only travel by train when necessary and to check their journey in advance.
Passengers traveling to England v South Africa at Twickenham and Wales v Australia in Cardiff on Saturday are advised to check with their train operator for travel updates as many trains across the network will be affected.
Passengers are advised to check with their operator if traveling in the morning of Sunday 27th and consider starting their journey later as there is likely to be disruption as workers return to their duties.
Passengers who are due to travel on the 26th and have already purchased their tickets should check with the train company before traveling to determine if their journey will be affected.
Daniel Mann, Director of Industry Operations at Rail Delivery Group, said: “Aslef’s strike brings more uncertainty for passengers and businesses as it disrupts their weekend plans.
“While we will do everything in our power to minimize disruption, please plan ahead if traveling on the affected routes and check the latest travel advice on national rail inquiries. Passengers affected by the strike with presale, off-peak or anytime tickets can use their ticket either the day before the date on the ticket or up to and including Tuesday 29 November. Passengers can also rebook their tickets to travel on a different date or get a refund if their train is canceled or rescheduled.”
If your local operator is affected by industrial action, you should check journey planners at https://www.networkrail.co.uk/ or operators’ websites for alternative route options.