London train strikes: Chiltern Railways announces amended timetable for July 17 to July 22

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Aslef and the RMT have both announced multiple days of industrial action in July, primarily due to disputes over pay and working conditions.

Chiltern Railways has announced it will run an amended timetable for a week at the end of July due to planned industrial action by two unions.

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When announcing the action, Aslef’s general secretary Mick Whelan called for a “fair deal and a resolution” from the government and rail operators to end the dispute.

The RMT’s general secretary Mick Lynch meanwhile said the union “will continue its industrial campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement on pay, working conditions and job security”.

Chiltern Railways has now confirmed it will be reducing service frequency on certain routes on the days of the Aslef overtime ban, and running a very limited service during the RMT strikes.

What trains will be running?

From July 17 to July 19, the railway operator said it will run:

  • 1 train per hour Marylebone - stations to Birmingham Moor Street (and vice-versa) 
  • 2 trains per hour Marylebone - stations to Oxford (and vice-versa)
  • 1 train per hour Princes Risborough - stations to Aylesbury (and vice-versa)
  • Shuttle service Leamington Spa - stations to Stratford Upon Avon (and vice-versa) until approximately 7pm
  • 1 train per hour Marylebone - stations to Aylesbury Vale Parkway (via Amersham; and vice-versa)

On July 20:

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  • 1 train per hour Marylebone - stations to Banbury (and vice-versa)
  • 1 train per hour Marylebone - stations to Oxford (and vice-versa)
  • 1 train per hour Marylebone - stations to Aylesbury (via High Wycombe; and vice-versa)
  • 1 train per hour Amersham - stations to Aylesbury Vale Parkway (and vice-versa)

On July 21, the operator says trains will start later and finish earlier.

A Chiltern Railways train at Marylebone Station. Credit: Chiltern Railways.A Chiltern Railways train at Marylebone Station. Credit: Chiltern Railways.
A Chiltern Railways train at Marylebone Station. Credit: Chiltern Railways.

On July 22:

  • 1 train per hour Marylebone - stations to Banbury (and vice-versa)
  • 1 train per hour Marylebone - stations to Oxford (and vice-versa)
  • 1 train per hour Marylebone - stations to Aylesbury (via High Wycombe; and vice-versa)

The line between Amersham and Aylesbury will also be closed all day, with rail replacement buses connecting London Underground services to and from Baker Street and Amersham.

Further industrial action is also planned by both Aslef and the RMT between July 23 and July 28 on the London Underground. Chiltern Railways said it will provide an update on its services around these dates “in due course”.

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