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Passengers have been warned about the strikes that are set to take place over the next month.


East Midlands Railway (EMR) has issued a warning to its customers about the upcoming industrial action by the train drivers’ union, ASLEF.

The strike, scheduled from December 1 to 9, will affect 16 train companies, including EMR. The purpose of this staggered approach is to create widespread disruption and cancellations across the network, impacting different train operators on different days.

EMR anticipates significant disruptions to its services during this period and advises customers to check its website for the latest information before traveling.


Impact on EMR Services

December 1: Extremely Busy Services

On December 1, EMR services are expected to be extremely busy due to the absence of any EMR services the following day. Customers should plan their journeys accordingly and be prepared for potential delays and overcrowding.


December 2: No EMR Services

On Saturday, December 2, EMR will not be running any services due to the industrial action by ASLEF. Customers are strongly advised not to attempt to travel on this day and should consider alternative transportation options.


December 3: Engineering Works and Strike Action

EMR services on December 3 will be heavily impacted by engineering works on the East Coast Mainline and strike action affecting other train operators serving the capital. This is expected to result in a significant increase in customers using EMR Intercity services, especially at London St Pancras. To manage the increased demand, a number of EMR Regional services have been cancelled to free up resources.


Intercity Services:


    No services will call at Bedford and Luton.

    Planned to run normal Sunday timetable.

    Southbound Connect services start at 10:00 (From Corby to Kettering only).

    First southbound service from Corby to London St Pancras – 11:41.

    First northbound service from London St Pancras to Corby – 12:14.



Regional Services:

    No services will run between Derby and Crewe.

    No services will run between Sleaford and Skegness.

    No services will run between Nottingham and Liverpool Lime Street.


December 4 – 9: Action Short of Strike

From December 4 to 9, ASLEF union members will engage in “action short of strike.” Customers are advised to regularly check EMR’s website for the latest information on these days.

EMR acknowledges that this industrial action by ASLEF is a new approach, with different parts of the network and train operating companies being affected at different times. As a result, customers are likely to experience a complicated period of delays and disruptions.

Will Rogers, Managing Director of East Midlands Railway, said: “This industrial action is a new approach from the ASLEF union. It’s staggered designed means different parts of the network and different train operating companies are affected at different times.

“Unfortunately, this will mean customers could be impacted by a complicated period of possible delays and disruption.

“We cannot run any services on Saturday, December 2 – while services will be extremely busy on Sunday, December 3.

“The safety of customers is our number one priority and so passengers should expect crowd control measures in some stations. Customers are strongly advised to check our website to understand how their whole journey is affected before setting off and can expect possible disruption or late notice cancellations.”

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