Strike action affecting EMR services 21, 23 and 25 June

Wednesday, 15 June 2022
  • RMT members have voted in favour of strike action
  • Strike action will take place on the 21, 23 and 25 June
  • EMR has extensive contingency plans in place and will run as many services as possible

East Midlands Railway can now confirm the level of service it will provide on strike days next week.

Members of the RMT Union will strike on 21, 23 and 25 June – reducing services for customers across the country. EMR has been working on contingency plans to provide as many services as possible but the opening hours of the railway and the number of services will be significantly reduced, as set out below.

Customers are asked to only travel by train if absolutely necessary. If customers are travelling, they are asked to plan ahead and leave extra time for their journey. This includes the days between strikes as EMR expects the knock-on effects of the strikes to impact services on the following days - particularly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Summary of EMR services on 21, 23 and 25 June (only)

EMR services will operate between 0730 and 1830 only

EMR Intercity

  • One Train Per Hour between Nottingham and London
  • One Train Per Hour between Sheffield and London

There will be no direct trains between Luton and London St Pancras Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June due to pre-planned engineering work. Find out more about engineering work.

EMR Connect

  • One Train Per Hour between Corby and London

There will be no direct trains between Luton and London St Pancras Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June due to pre-planned engineering work. Find out more about engineering work.

EMR Regional

  • One Train per Hour between Derby and Matlock
  • One Train per Hour between Derby and Nottingham
  • One Train per Hour between Leicester and Nottingham (Stopping Service)
  • One Train per Hour between Nottingham and Sheffield

All other lines of route will be closed.

Since the announcement of the ballot, EMR have been working with colleagues across the railway to ensure they can deliver a robust and reliable service for their customers. A significant pool of contingency staff have been trained (to the same safety critical standards as their permanent colleagues) to ensure a service can continue to operate. 

However, it will not be possible to continue to operate the same level of service as EMR would normally. 

Network Rail are also affected by strike action and therefore their ability to operate the infrastructure is also significantly reduced. This includes maintenance staff who renew and repair the infrastructure as well as colleagues working in control and signalling roles who ensure the safe operation of the railway. 

Rail Replacement Bus (RRB) services will not be provided where lines are closed as there is not enough capacity to meet demand. 

Will Rogers, Managing Director for EMR said:

“We are extremely disappointed the RMT have decided to strike on the 21, 23 and 25 June.  This is the wrong decision for the railway and communities we serve.

“There will be changes to our normal timetable and some parts of our network will have no train services on strike days and other lines will have a reduced level of service. I would urge all customers to think carefully about their journeys next week – and make alternative arrangements if possible.”

Find out more information, including timetables, advice on refunds and ticket exchanges and answers to the most asked questions here.