Rail strikes set to take place next week – with Derbyshire passengers warned of cancellations and busy services

Derbyshire residents were warned of disruption to rail services next week – with another round of strike action taking place.
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East Midlands Railway (EMR) is unable to run any services on Friday, April 5 – due to industrial action by the train drivers' union ASLEF.

ASLEF members will also be taking part in an overtime ban from April 4 until April 6, as well as between April 8 and April 9. This will mean the possibility of short notice cancellations and alterations to the normal timetable.

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As a result of this period of strike action, there will be no Northern services on Saturday, April 6.

Northern and EMR services will be impacted by the upcoming strike.Northern and EMR services will be impacted by the upcoming strike.
Northern and EMR services will be impacted by the upcoming strike.

Additional disruption on Northern services is also expected between April 4 and 9, due to action short of strike called by ASLEF – where some short notice amendments may take place.

Some Northern services are expected to be very busy on routes shared with other train operators.

On Saturday, April 6, EMR will be operating an amended timetable between Liverpool Lime Street and Sheffield. This is to better accommodate the number of customers it is expecting to use this route, as strike action will affect other train operating companies that normally operate on it.

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This will mean a change to the routes normal stopping pattern, with customers being advised to check their full journey, including first and last trains, before travelling.

Will Rogers, EMR’s managing director, said: “This approach from the ASLEF union means different parts of the network and different train operating companies are affected at different times. Unfortunately, this will mean customers could be impacted by a complicated period of possible delays and disruption.

“Unfortunately we cannot run any services on Friday, April 5 – while our services will also be busy on either side of this day.

“Customers are advised to check our website to understand how their whole journey is affected before setting off and can expect possible disruption or late notice cancellations.”

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More information regarding the impact of the strikes on EMR services can be found here. For updates on Northern services, head to their website here.

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