A series of strike dates have been announced by ASLEF and RMT unions in May and June that will impact rail services across the network and across operators, including Avanti West Coast. We have outlined the impact this will have and our advice to customers below. We’re disappointed with this industry-wide industrial action and are sorry for the inconvenience it will cause.

ASLEF, the drivers’ union, has announced strike action across 16 train companies, including Avanti West Coast, on 12 and 31 May, and 3 June. As a result, we will not be running any services on those days and are advising that customers do not attempt to travel on Avanti West Coast on these dates. Late services the night before and early services the next day will also be affected.

In addition, the RMT union has announced strike action at Avanti West Coast and 13 other train companies on 13 May. We are advising customers to check their journey before arriving at our stations, as our timetable will change significantly and fewer trains will run on strike dates, so entire journeys may be severely disrupted on this day. Our first trains of the day will start much later, and our last trains will stop much earlier with services that do run
likely to be busy.

To minimise the number of people disrupted while our amended timetables are finalised, we’ve suspended ticket sales for 12, 13 and 31 May, and 3 June. As soon as the 13 May timetable is confirmed, tickets will be available to book on our website early next week Customers who booked tickets dated 12, 13 and 31 May and 3 June before the industrial action was announced on 27 April can claim a full, fee-free refund from their point of purchase or use their tickets on specific alternative dates. Further detail on how to claim a refund, along with more information, advice and FAQs can be found on our website at the following address  www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/travel-information/strike

For those who wish to travel on a different day, tickets dated:

  • Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May can be used from Thursday 11 May up to and
    including Tuesday 16 May
  • Wednesday 31 May can be used from Tuesday 30 May up to and including Friday
    2nd June
  • Saturday 3 June can be used on Friday 2 June or up to and including Tuesday 6

Tickets for a journey that include the London underground will not be valid on London underground services on the alternative date.

We are continuing to work with partners to provide travel advice for those planning to attend the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool (13 May) and FA Cup Final in London (3 June). More information will be shared on our website when it is available.

We recommend all customers check our website, and those of other operators, for updates and check their entire journey before travelling. As ever, please get in touch with your Regional Growth Manager or email stakeholders@avantiwestcoast.co.uk if you would like to discuss this further.

Avanti West Coast – Strike Action Bulletin – May and June 2023