East Midlands Trains says it will aim to provide as many seats as possible for people travelling to the Olympic Games, despite the planned strike action. ASLEF members announced they will be taking action on Monday 6 August to Wednesday 8 August in a dispute over pension contributions.
Information on the services available to and from London St Pancras during the strike action has been published on the East Midlands Trains website.
- Two trains an hour will run for the majority of the day from Derby to London on 6, 7 and 8 August. Passengers are advised to check in advance, as in some instances the service from Derby to London will only be hourly.
- Services between Derby and London will call at Long Eaton, Loughborough, Leicester, Market Harborough, Kettering and Wellingborough
- Passengers travelling from Bedford/Luton and Luton Airport Parkway to/from London are advised to use First Capital Connect services.
- Passengers travelling from Sheffield/Chesterfield are advised to use CrossCountry services to connect in with East Midlands Trains services at Derby.
- An hourly train service will run from Nottingham, Beeston and East Midlands Parkway to Leicester to connect in with services through to London.
- A train shuttle service will run from Nottingham to Grantham to connect in with East Coast services to London Kings Cross.
- Three trains are planned to leave London after 23:15 on each strike day with the last service departing at 01:15.
- Passengers attending Olympic events on Sunday 5 August can still travel on one of the five services planned to leave London between midnight and 01:15 on Monday 6 August.
The timetable for all East Midlands Trains’ local routes will be confirmed by 27 July. The train operator has also issued advice for passengers already holding a ticket to travel on 6, 7 or 8 August:
- As a limited service will be in place, passengers not travelling to the Games are advised to try and re-arrange their journeys for another day wherever possible.
- Plans are being put in place to prioritise journeys for Olympic ticket holders.
- Passengers with advance tickets pre-booked for a service which will not be running can use their ticket to travel on an alternative train or bus service provided by East Midlands Trains. This should be as close as possible to the original time booked.
- Alternatively, passengers who hold a ticket for travel on one of the affected days can travel on East Midlands Trains services the day before or the day after their existing ticket is valid.
- Customers who decide not to travel can receive a full refund on their ticket.
- East Midlands Trains passengers will also be able to use their tickets on Virgin Trains, East Coast, Greater Anglia, TransPennine Express, Northern and CrossCountry.