Passengers should expect disruption due to 24-hour strike by Aslef on 26 November

  • A 24-hour walkout by drivers at eleven train companies will cause disruption to passengers on Saturday 26 November 
  • A special timetable for 26th has now been published, but passengers are advised to follow the latest travel advice, check before they travel and allow extra time for their journey. Other train companies not involved in the strike will be running trains, but these are expected to be busy. 
  • Passengers with tickets can use their ticket either on the day before the date on the ticket, or up to and including Tuesday 29 November 

Rail companies are advising passengers that some services will be severely disrupted, and some will not run at all on Saturday 26 November, as a result of a further train driver strike called by the leadership of train drivers’ union Aslef. 

A walkout by train drivers will affect the following train operators: Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry; East Midlands Railway; Great Western Railway; Greater Anglia; London North Eastern Railway; Northern Trains; Southeastern; Transpennine Express, and West Midlands Trains.   

Passengers traveling to England v South Africa at Twickenham and to Cardiff for the Autumn International match Wales v Australia on Saturday 26 November are advised to check with their train operator for travel updates as many trains across the network will be affected. 

Passengers are advised if they’re travelling the morning of Sunday 27th to check with their operator and consider starting their journey later as there is likely to be some disruption as workers return to their duties.    

Passengers with a season ticket that is monthly or longer or who have an activated days’ worth of travel on a flexi season ticket who choose not to travel on 26 November, can claim compensation for these days through the delay repay scheme.  If you need to travel on the 26th and already have a ticket, please check with the train company you booked to travel with in advance of your journey for advice on what to do with your ticket.  

If your local operator is impacted by industrial action, you should check journey planners on National Rail Enquiries or operator websites to find alternative route options.  

Daniel Mann, Director of Industry Operations at the Rail Delivery Group, said: “The strike by Aslef brings more uncertainty for passengers and businesses by disrupting their weekend plans. 

“While we will do all that we can to minimise disruption, if you are going to travel on the routes affected, please plan ahead and check the latest travel advice on national rail enquiries. Passengers with advance, off-peak or anytime tickets affected by the strike can use their ticket either on the day before the date on the ticket, or up to and including Tuesday 29 November. Passengers can also change their tickets to travel on an alternate date or get a refund if their train is cancelled or rescheduled.”    

Contact Information

Martin Spencer

Media Relations Manager

Rail Delivery Group