Chiltern Railways issues travel guidance for customers during strike

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Chiltern Railways has warned customers that services are likely to be extremely busy on Saturday 30 July, due to strike action.

Strike action by other operating companies will coincide with the first weekend of the Commonwealth Games.

Customers have been warned to should expect to queue at stations in the West Midlands and are advised to plan ahead, check their train before they travel and allow extra time for their journey.  

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This advice has been issued after the ASLEF strike action that was due to take place on Chiltern’s services on Saturday 30 July was cancelled. 

ASLEF has withdrawn the Ballot for Industrial Action Notice issued to Chiltern Railways and consequently the strike announced for Saturday 30 July will no longer proceed.

Chiltern had written to ASLEF to challenge the basis of the ballot process. 

This means that Chiltern Railways will run a normal timetable on Saturday 30 July, however staff at other train operators will still strike, causing issues across the network.

A spokesperson for Chiltern Railway said: “While this is a boost for those travelling to and from the Commonwealth Games in the West Midlands, strike action at other operating companies means that significant pressure will be placed on the route.  

“If customers are travelling on 30 July, they are advised to prepare for busy services by buying tickets before they travel and checking online for the latest updates at https://www.chilternrailways.co.uk.  

“Chiltern’s travel guidance over the entire Commonwealth Games period can be found at https://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/commonwealth-games-2022-travel-information.”

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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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