Industrial Action - Update

No future industrial action affecting Chiltern Railways services has been announced.

London Overground:

Strikes have been called by a union on the London Overground.

If they go ahead, the strikes will disrupt services on:

  • Monday 19 February and Tuesday 20 February SUSPENDED
  • Monday 4 March and Tuesday 5 March
  • Some stations will be closed or running differently. Some services will not run early in the morning or in the evenings.

For more information, please check the TfL website. If you are planning to use London Overground services on any of the above days, please check your end-to-end journey carefully before travelling.

Key information:

FAQS

  • When is the industrial action taking place?
    • ASLEF announced a Strike day on Monday 5 February 2024. There was also a ban on non-compulsory overtime / Rest Day Working from the start of Monday 29 January through to the end of Tuesday 6 February 2024.
  • Why is the industrial action happening?
    • Members of ASLEF (the train drivers' union) have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over various terms & conditions and pay.
  • What does the industrial action mean for my journey?
    • Reduced and amended timetables were in operation throughout the period from 29 January through to 6 February. No Chiltern Railways service ran on Sunday 4th February or on Monday 5th February. 
  • I have bought a ticket to travel on a day impacted by industrial action, can I use it on a different day instead? 
    • Customers with Advance, Anytime or Off-Peak tickets valid for travel between Tuesday 30th January – Monday 5th February could instead use their tickets any time between Monday 29th January up until Wednesday 7th February - The policy only applied to tickets purchased before the industrial action was announced i.e. For tickets purchased before 16th January. Please be advised that if your ticket included travel on London Underground services, it will only have been valid on the date the ticket stated and not on alternative days.
  • Will my ticket(s) be valid on any other route? 
    • There were no published special arrangements in place for tickets to be valid with other operators. A strike was advised for Avanti West Coast, London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway on Saturday 3 February. On Monday 5 February (as well as Chiltern Railways) a strike was called for CrossCountry and Great Western Railway.
  • Is there a different timetable on the affected days?
    • Yes, an amended timetable ran on each day of the industrial action. No Chiltern Railways service ran on Sunday 4th February or on Monday 5th February.
  • Will stations and ticket offices be open on the days affected by industrial action?
    • We expected stations and ticket offices to open as normal. Access to some areas of some staffed stations would be closed if no train services were running.
  • Will I be able to buy an Advance ticket to travel on the affected days? 
    • Advance single tickets for travel on our services were removed from sale for travel on the days affected by industrial action. We did not re-release Advance tickets for the entire period of industrial action.
  • I have bought an Advance ticket to travel on the affected days, will I be able to get a refund?
    • Advance tickets can be refunded fee-free (from the original retailer) if the train that the ticket is booked for is cancelled, delayed or rescheduled. Customers with 2 x Advance tickets (an outbound and a return), to be used as a return journey, can get a fee-free refund or change of journey for any unused legs/tickets, if one (either) of the legs is scheduled for an affected day. The ticket(s) need to have been purchased directly with Chiltern Railways. Customers who have purchased their tickets from other train companies or from third party retailers should refer to the original point of sale for guidance. All other normal terms & conditions for these tickets apply. Please note that Customers with Advance, Anytime or Off-Peak tickets valid for travel between Tuesday 30th January – Monday 5th February could instead use their tickets any time between Monday 29th January up until Wednesday 7th February - The policy only applied to tickets purchased before the industrial action was announced i.e. For tickets purchased before 16th January. 
  • I have assistance booked over the strike period, what should I do?
    • We continued to provide assistance for trains that are running, including booked assistance for trains that are confirmed in the timetable. We continued to provide assistance for each day that we were running trains, at stations that had a train service. If you had booked assistance on any of those days, our advice was to please contact our customer relations team on 03456 005 165 (selecting option 3 then option 3). We attempted to proactively contact customers who had already booked assistance on a day impacted by industrial action and whose first or only travel leg was on our services. You may have received contact from another train operator if your first or only travel leg was with them.
  • Am I able to get a refund on a ticket purchased to travel on any of the days affected by industrial action?
    • Customers whose train was delayed, cancelled or amended due to industrial action and had already purchased tickets can claim a full fee free refund on their outward and return ticket from the original ticket retailer or can amend their ticket without charge in line with the National Rail Conditions of Travel Condition 30 if they decided not to travel. This includes those with separate tickets purchased as part of a return journey that is not affected by the industrial action, but where the outward journey was not possible. Those who did travel and were delayed may be entitled to delay repay compensation if they were delayed by 15 mins or more against the published timetable in operation on the day. See below faq for further detailed guidance for flexi-season ticket holders who had not activated their ticket(s). 
  • Should I still buy a Seven Day (weekly) Season ticket?
    • Please note that there are no special refund or compensation arrangements in place for Seven Day (weekly) season tickets. To qualify for a monetary refund, Seven Day Season tickets must have at least three days' remaining validity and must be surrendered on the last day of use. If you hold a Seven Day Season ticket, you will only be eligible for compensation if you are delayed for 15 minutes or more against the final Published Timetable of the Day. Customers should carefully consider whether it is cost effective buying a weekly season ticket for any period of industrial action as, depending on your journeys / travel patterns, it could be better for you to buy tickets to buy on individual days if indeed it is even possible to complete your journey.
  • I have a season ticket valid for one month or more. What are my options? 
    • If you are a Season Ticket holder (flexi, monthly or longer), and you cannot travel, you can claim 100% compensation through Delay Repay for the strike dates of the train operator for which you hold your season ticket with.  Customers may also choose to surrender their season ticket to the original retailer and seek a refund. This will rarely be the best course of action as season ticket refunds are not calculated on a pro-rata basis. Please see the National Rail website for more information.
  • What if I have a Flexi Season ticket to use on the strike day?
    • If you are unable to use the tickets on your Flexi Season due to the industrial action, you must wait until the Flexi Season has expired. If at this point, there are tickets still unused, you can contact us via the Contact Us form to refund any remaining tickets. If you have activated your ticket and then realised you can not travel, you can contact us from the Contact Us form and we will validate that the ticket was not used by checking tap data and refund that days travel. If you do not use the ticket on one or more of the days affected by industrial action, but then use them on a future date before the expiry of the ticket, there is no loss to you and therefore no refund due if all tickets used prior to expiry.
  • Will you put alternative transport solutions in place?
    • No, rail replacement buses will not run in place of trains when industrial action is taking place. The exception to this is Saturday 3rd February when a limited rail replacement bus service will be in operation due to pre-planned engineering work. We do however advise customers to only travel if essential on that day due to the nature of the disruption and strikes taking place with other train operators on that day.
  • If I do decide to travel on the day of the strike, will I receive compensation?
    • You will be eligible for compensation if you were delayed for 15 minutes or more against the final Published Timetable of the Day. You can apply for compensation on our delay repay page. Season ticket holders should see the above FAQ. Holders of Single and Return tickets should seek a refund from the original point of sale.
  • What happens if a ‘Do Not Travel’ message is issued?
    • Customers who have already purchased tickets can claim a full fee free refund from the original ticket retailer or can amend their ticket; Season ticket holders can apply for compensation through the Delay Repay scheme if you were unable to use your season ticket due to strike action.