Rail strikes reminder: EMR services significantly affected for the next three weeks

Wednesday, 27 September 2023

  • EMR services affected throughout December, and up to and including, January 7
  • Limited services on December 23 and no EMR services on December 24
  • Services throughout strike period expected to be extremely busy - especially December 27 and 28
  • Services change at different times throughout strike period - customers strongly urged to check before their date of travel

Customers can find out what services are running by visiting: https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/rail-strike

East Midlands Railway (EMR) is reminding customers to check before setting off as its services continue to be affected by industrial action by the RMT, UNITE the Union and TSSA Unions.

For the next three weeks, EMR services will change, often from day to day, as different unions affect the train operator in different ways.

Specifically there will be limited services on December 23, while there will be no EMR services on December 24.

Services throughout the strike period are expected to be extremely busy, especially on December 27 and 28 - due to engineering works on other parts of the network.

Services will not operate on Christmas Day and Boxing Day as normal.

During some strike days, trains and routes will all terminate by 18:30, with the last departures starting between 15:00 and 16:30.

Strike action will also affect other routes across the country with very limited services running on the rail network for the same period.

Customers are advised to travel if only absolutely necessary and those travelling should ensure they check the time of their last return train.

Customers can find out what services are running by visiting EMR's website -https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/rail-strike. Detailed journey planners will be updated as soon as possible.

Will Rogers, Managing Director at East Midlands Railway, said: "Due to industrial action our services will be significantly impacted in the next three weeks.

"Regrettably, we won't be able to run any services on Christmas Eve and throughout the strike period different parts of our network will be significantly affected - while services that are operating will likely be extremely busy - especially on December 27 and 28.

"It is a complicated picture due to the way each union affects us and therefore we are strongly urging customers to visit our website before planning a journey to understand what services are running.

"Customers should only travel if its absolutely necessary and they should leave extra time for disruption and short notice changes."