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CrossCountry train strikes: How your journey will be affected

Train passengers are going to be heavily affected by the strikes Credit: PA

CrossCountry train strikes by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) are set to cause travel disruption for thousands of passengers over the Christmas period.

The dates which the union members will be striking are:

  • Saturday 23 December
  • Sunday 24 December
  • Wednesday 27 December
  • Sunday 31 December

No CrossCountry routes will be operating as normal on those dates.

In the Midlands, CrossCountry will only be operating an hourly service, starting later and finishing earlier, to the South West, Thames Valley, North West and Scotland, but using longer trains where possible.

Local CrossCountry services from Birmingham to Cardiff and Nottingham will not be operating, and services to Stansted Airport via Leicester will be terminating at Peterborough.

Customers will be able to use their CrossCountry tickets on other train operators' services.

Train passengers are going to be heavily affected by the strikes Credit: PA

RMT said in a previous statement that train managers and senior conductors are striking in a dispute over rostering and Sunday working.

A spokesperson for RMT said:

The company are trying to recruit a scab army of managers, ill-equipped and without the skills and training needed to fulfil the safety-critical role of the guard, and paid a bounty of £250 with luxury hotel accommodation thrown in. Drivers are now being strong-armed by the company with the imposition of compulsory overtime.

RMT has warned that these bogus train managers are acting outside of their substantive role and poorly trained, incapable of carrying out the full role and responsibility of a fully competent and safety critical guard on what will be the start of the busiest periods in the run up to Christmas and the respective German Markets.

– RMT spokesperson

In response, a spokesperson for CrossCountry said:

It is disappointing that the RMT union is calling for its members to strike this Saturday and Sunday, and next Wednesday.

We have asked the RMT to call off this unnecessary action, and avoid inconveniencing thousands of people wanting to visit their friends and families for Christmas.

If this strike takes place we plan to operate a limited service, and other train operators have agreed to accept CrossCountry tickets, along with Arriva Buses in many areas.

Details of the revised timetables, along with alternative travel arrangements and options for using tickets that have already been purchased, are available on our website.

– CrossCountry spokesperson

All the latest travel information will be available on CrossCountry's website.