Train operator Chiltern Railways has warned customers to only travel if absolutely essential over the first week of January – and that on two days there will be no services at all.

Ongoing RMT industrial action (an overtime ban until 2 January and strike action on 3, 4, 6 and 7 January) means that there will be significantly reduced timetable in operation.

If travelling is a necessity, customers should triple-check their full journey on the Chiltern Railways website or app before attempting to travel.

Customers can find out more information about how upcoming industrial action will affect them by visiting
Service levels – 1 to 8 January
1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 January

On these dates, customers should only travel if absolutely essential.

There will be no Chiltern Railways services north of Banbury or south of Amersham, and services will start later and finish much earlier than usual (between approximately 15.00 and 16.00).

On 2 January, trains will run later into the evening. Customers should check their last train before they attempt to travel.

A very limited service will be in operation throughout each day. During times of operation, there will be four trains per hour:

Marylebone to stations to Oxford Parkway (via Bicester Village, and vice-versa)
Marylebone to stations to Aylesbury (via High Wycombe, and vice-versa)
Marylebone to stations to Banbury (and vice-versa)
Aylesbury Vale Parkway to stations to Amersham (and vice-versa)

5 January

Due to strike action by ASLEF, no Chiltern Railways services will run on any route.
6 January

Due to the cumulative impact of strikes and industrial action, staff shortages mean that Chiltern Railways will be unable to prepare, fuel and service trains at depots ahead of this day. As a result, no Chiltern Railways services will run on any route.

Chiltern Railways would like to apologise to the customers and communities it serves for the very significant inconvenience that they are experiencing due to the ongoing RMT and ASLEF industrial action.