Published: 25 March 2024



ASLEF (train drivers) union have announced new industrial action at the start of April, as part of a rolling programme of strikes across operators.

ASLEF members will be on strike at GWR (as well Chiltern Railways) on Saturday 6 April. On this day many parts of our network will have no service whatsoever, and where we are able to run, services will start late and finish much earlier than usual.

Any customers that do travel should check before doing so at There may also be alterations to our services on the evening of Friday 5 April and on Sunday 7 April.

Our team are working on getting journey planners updated as soon as possible, and we will also be making customers aware though traditional and social media, station and on-board announcements, and station posters. Anybody who has already bought a ticket for travel on Saturday 6 April will be able to claim a full refund. For full information please visit

ASLEF have also announced action short of a strike effective from Thursday 4 April to Saturday 6 April, and on Monday 8/Tuesday 9 April. While we will plan to run as full a service as possible (Saturday 6 April excepted), there may be short notice alterations and cancellations because this industrial action will mean we only have a very limited number of spare drivers.

Sorry to not be bringing better news.


Thomas Lydon | Public Affairs Manager | Great Western Railway

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