West Midlands Railway urges passengers to plan ahead of October industrial action

West Midlands Railway (WMR) passengers are being urged to plan ahead of three days of industrial action in October.

Members of the ASLEF, RMT and TSSA unions have announced their intention to stage industrial action on Saturday 1 October. ASLEF members will take part in action on Wednesday 5 October and RMT members will take part in action on Saturday 8 October.

As a result, there will be no WMR service on any route on Saturday 1 October and Wednesday 5 October.

WMR will run a significantly reduced service from 7.30am to 6.30pm on Saturday 8 October.

Morning services will be impacted on days following industrial action due to trains being in the incorrect place overnight.

Jonny Wiseman, customer experience director at WMR, said:

“It is disappointing that our passengers’ journeys will continue to be affected on three more days of industrial action in October.

“There will be no services on any WMR route on Saturday 1 October and Wednesday 5 October. A limited service will operate on Saturday 8 October. Morning services will also be impacted on the days following the action.

“Customers holding purchased tickets can travel on alternative days or they will be entitled to a refund.”

Routes with a limited service on Saturday 8 October from 7.30am to 6.30pm are:

  • Cross-City Line (Lichfield Trent Valley – Redditch/Bromsgrove via Birmingham New Street) – 2 trains per hour
  • Wolverhampton – Birmingham New Street – 1 train per hour
  • Birmingham New Street – Birmingham International – 2 trains per hour (with rail replacement provided between Birmingham International and Coventry)

No trains will run on any other WMR route, including all routes via Birmingham Snow Hill, Birmingham-Shrewsbury, Birmingham-Worcester-Hereford and Nuneaton-Leamington Spa.

For further information visit Industrial Action | West Midlands Railway

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