Industrial Action

What’s happening?

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has announced its intention to stage strike action across several train companies, including West Midlands Railway, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 21 June 2022
  • Thursday 23 June 2022
  • Saturday 25 June 2022

This will have a considerable impact on the number of trains we are able to run. We will be running a very limited service on these dates between 7.30am and 6.30pm only. Due to the knock-on impact of the strike, a very limited service will also be running on Wednesday 22 June 2022 and Friday 24 June 2022.

Our advice to customers is to only travel during this time if your journey is essential and you have no other means of transport available. If you do travel, expect severe disruption, plan ahead and check your entire journey.

Timetable summaries

Mon 20 June Tue 21 June Wed 22 June Thu 23 June Fri 24 June Sat 25 June Sun 26 June
Normal service 2 trains per hour* 2 trains per hour* 2 trains per hour* 2 trains per hour* 2 trains per hour* Normal service following later start-up.

*Bromsgrove will alternate with Redditch as a station at the end of the line

Mon 20 June Tue 21 June Wed 22 June Thu 23 June Fri 24 June Sat 25 June Sun 26 June
Normal service No service No service No service No service No service Normal service following later start-up*

*Rugby - Coventry - Birmingham International blocked by engineering work; Rail Replacement to operate Rugby-Birmingham International and Leamington - Nuneaton.

Mon 20 June Tue 21 June Wed 22 June Thu 23 June Fri 24 June Sat 25 June Sun 26 June
No service due to essential engineering works No service No service No service No service No service Normal service following later start-up
Mon 20 June Tue 21 June Wed 22 June Thu 23 June Fri 24 June Sat 25 June Sun 26 June
1 train per hour* No service No service No service No service No service Normal service following later start-up

*Services between Birmingham Snow Hill - Kidderminster from 0730, Stourbridge Shuttle in operation

Mon 20 June Tue 21 June Wed 22 June Thu 23 June Fri 24 June Sat 25 June Sun 26 June
Minor amends to services No service No service No service No service No service Normal service following later start-up
Mon 20 June Tue 21 June Wed 22 June Thu 23 June Fri 24 June Sat 25 June Sun 26 June
Minor amends to services No service No service No service No service No service Normal service following later start-up
Mon 20 June Tue 21 June Wed 22 June Thu 23 June Fri 24 June Sat 25 June Sun 26 June
Normal service No service

2 trains per hour

No service between Walsall & Rugeley

No service

2 trains per hour

No service between Walsall & Rugeley

No service Normal service following later start-up
Mon 20 June Tue 21 June Wed 22 June Thu 23 June Fri 24 June Sat 25 June Sun 26 June
Normal service 1 train per hour 2 trains per hour* 1 train per hour 2 trains per hour* 1 train per hour Normal service following later start-up

*Services to Walsall - Birmingham New Street - Wolverhampton

Mon 20 June Tue 21 June Wed 22 June Thu 23 June Fri 24 June Sat 25 June Sun 26 June
Normal service 1 train per hour 1 train per hour 1 train per hour 1 train per hour 1 train per hour

Normal service following later start-up*

*Rugby-Coventry-Birmingham International blocked by engineering work; Rail Replacement to operate Rugby-Birmingham International and Leamington-Nuneaton.

Print-at-home Timetables

Timetables valid on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23, Saturday 25 June 2022

What are my options if I have a ticket?

All non-Season Tickets dated 21 June, 23 June or 25 June, can be used either on the day before the date on the ticket or through and including the Monday and Tuesday of the following week. Please travel as close to your original departure time as possible.

Please note if your ticket is for a fare that includes the London Underground it will not be valid on London Underground services on an alternative date.

If your train is cancelled or delayed, and you choose not to travel, tickets can be changed to another date, or they can be returned for a full refund at your point of purchase. No administration fee will be charged. For more information, please visit our Refunds & exchanges policy.

If you purchased your ticket from another provider, you will need to contact them directly.

If you have a Season ticket and you choose not travel on 21, 23, and 25 June you can claim compensation for these days through Delay Repay. ​​​​​​​

If you choose to travel but your journey is delayed or disrupted, based on the amended timetable, you are entitled to Delay Repay as normal.

If you’d like to refund your Season ticket you can do so under our Refunds & exchanges policy. A £10 administration fee will apply in this instance.

To help minimise any disruption for passengers who are looking to travel during strike action. The following train operators will accept West Midlands Railway or London Northwestern Tickets for the period from Monday 20 June through to Monday 27 June inclusive :

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CrossCountry Trains
  • East Midlands Railway (except on the Midland Main Line from Derby to London via Kettering and Bedford)
  • Great Western Railway
  • Transport For Wales

Midlands Metro

Ticket acceptance is available with Midland Metro for tram services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham Snow Hill between Monday 20 June and Saturday 25 June.

Frequently asked questions

We will be running a very limited service. Some parts of our network will have no trains. Our advice to customers is to only travel if your journey is essential and you have no other means of transport available.

Temporary timetables will be published on this web page when available.

Due to the scale of the industrial action we are only able to provide a very limited service.

For information on other transport options, visit Transport for West Midlands.

Timetables for Tuesday 21 June and Thursday 23 June will be in systems on Friday 17 June.

Timetables for Wednesday 22 June and Friday 24 June will be in systems on Saturday 18 June.

The timetable for Saturday 25 June will be in systems on Tuesday 21 June.

Passenger Assistance provision will be available as usual on services we are able to run and can still be booked with two hours' notice or customers can turn up and go. However, we are strongly advising customers to only travel if your journey is essential and you have no other means of transport available.

With a reduced number of signallers available due to strike action, services will only run between 7.30am and 6.30pm on strike days to allow space on the network for vital freight services to continue operating.

In order to run our usual timetable, trains must be in designated positions at the start and end of each day. The strike action means we are not able to get enough trains in the right places to run the usual timetable.

Due to the scale of this national strike action it is not possible to provide rail replacement transport.

If you have purchased a ticket and your train is cancelled or delayed, and you choose not to travel, you can return the unused ticket to your point of purchase for a full refund.

All non-Season Tickets (Advance, Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak, Anytime etc.) which is dated 21 June, 23 June or 25 June, can be used either on the day before the date on the ticket or through and including the Monday and Tuesday of the following week. Please travel as close to your original departure time as possible.

If you hold a season ticket, you will be entitled to Delay Repay compensation if you travel on an affected date.

Due to the significantly reduced timetable being operated between Tuesday 21 June and Saturday 25 June inclusive, we have withdrawn Advance Fares from sale.

Yes, if you have an Advance ticket for any date until 30 September 2022, you can make the following changes to your Advance ticket with no admin fee:

  • Exchange Advance ticket for an eVoucher
  • Request a change of journey on an Advance ticket

Visit our Refund & exchanges page for more information

You will be eligible to claim Delay Repay if your journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more against the revised timetable in operation on a strike day. Please keep hold of your ticket and submit your claim within 28 days of travel.

A number of other operators are also impacted by this action, as are Network Rail. Please check the relevant operator website or National Rail Enquiries for information on what services are running.