Rail advice ahead of possible strike action

London Midland issues warning to passengers.

London Midland has issued its indicative plans in the event of industrial action by Network Rail employees on Monday and Tuesday (25th & 26th May). These plans are based on information currently available from Network Rail and may be subject to change.

The company is warning that very few trains will run and rail travel will be very difficult on both days. There will be no trains on most of the network.

On Monday and Tuesday, London Midland will only be able to operate a very restricted service – and only on the following lines:

Coventry to Wolverhampton via Birmingham New Street
Kidderminster to Dorridge via Birmingham Snow Hill
Kidderminster to Stratford –upon –Avon via Shirley and Birmingham Snow Hill
Stourbridge Town to Stourbridge Junction
Bletchley to Bedford (Tuesday only)

No other London Midland services will run on these days. All train companies will be similarlyaffected by the industrial action. Trains will only run between 0730 and 1830 each day and London Midland is encouraging people to find other ways to travel if possible.

London Midland’s director of Passenger Services. Tom Joyner, said “We have worked with Network Rail to run what few trains we can under the circumstances. But I appreciate and am sorry that this action will make rail travel difficult for many and just not possible for most people.”

The nature of the industrial action by Network Rail employees means that London Midland will not be able to run electric powered trains – which accounts for most of its fleet.

Passengers with restricted tickets have the option of travelling at the same time on days either side of the strike action.

Customers who have already purchased tickets for travel will be entitled to receive a full refund if they wish and the processing fee will be waived.

Season ticket holders will also be entitled to compensation through the Delay Repay process if the strike goes ahead.

For the most up to date information go to www.londonmidland.com/industrialaction