Rail passengers reminded to only travel on 26th November if necessary due to 24-hr ASLEF action

Published on: Thursday, 24th November 2022
Rail Delivery Group

The rail industry is reminding passengers that a further train driver strike called by the leadership of train drivers’ union Aslef will lead to a significantly reduced rail service across the country on Saturday 26th November. 

Passengers are urged to plan ahead and check before they travel throughout the whole weekend. Trains that are running will start later on Saturday morning and finish much earlier than usual – with services typically running between 7:30am and 6:30pm on the day of the strike.  

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

If travelling on the morning of Sunday 27th, they should 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 26th November, can claim compensation for these days through the delay repay scheme. Passengers who need to travel on the 26th and already have purchased their tickets, should check with the train company in advance of their journey for advice if their journey is affected.   

For those with a local operator impacted by industrial action, the recommendation is to check journey planners 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.” 

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