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Advice issued to Avanti West Coast customers ahead of further summer strikes

West Coast operator confirms timetable plans for RMT strike days on August 18 and 20. 

  • Avanti West Coast publishes amended timetable for August 18 and 20 strike days
  • Customers who have to travel asked to expect disruption and plan ahead
  • Significantly reduced service means trains expected to be very busy, with shorter hours of operation, and less frequent services

Avanti West Coast is again strongly advising customers to only travel if absolutely necessary ahead of two further strikes this week.

Coordinated industrial action by the RMT across train operators and Network Rail will see staff walk out on Thursday, 18 August and Saturday, 20 August, resulting in severe disruption to rail services. Members of the TSSA union at Avanti West Coast will also strike on the same days.

The intercity operator will run a limited service with trains due to start later and finish much earlier than usual. Customers are strongly advised to check the times of the last services. The days after industrial action will also be affected with services expected to start later.

Managing Director of Avanti West Coast, Phil Whittingham, said: “It’s extremely disappointing the RMT and TSSA have decided to disrupt customers’ lives once again and cause more misery and frustration. This is the third consecutive month of strike action to impact our services and I would like to thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding.  

“With the summer holidays in full swing, the return of the Premier League and other events happening on our network, this action will ruin many people’s plans. We would urge RMT and TSSA to engage in meaningful industry reform talks around modernising working practices and developing a railway fit for the 21st century and we remain open for talks at any time.

“We’re strongly advising customers to only travel where absolutely necessary on our route during the strike and instead make their journeys on alternative days or claim a full refund. We understand some people will have no choice but to travel and they should check our website for the latest updates before making their journey.”  

Avanti West Coast are running one train per hour between Euston and each of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston with a limited service to Glasgow. These trains will operate during limited hours – with the first train of the day departing Euston just before 8am and the last train of the day from Euston scheduled to leave mid-afternoon.

The significantly reduced timetable will mean North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh have no Avanti West Coast services on the strike days.

Tim Shoveller, Network Rail's North West and Central region managing director, said: “It saddens me that we are again having to ask passengers to stay away from the railway for two days this week due to unnecessary strike action, when we should be helping them enjoy their summers.

“We have made a good and fair offer but, with the exception of our TSSA management grades who accepted the deal, our unions are refusing to let our employees have a say, and sadly that means more disruption on the rail network.

“We’ll run as many services as we can, across the network, on Thursday and Saturday, but it will only be around a fifth of the usual timetable, so please only travel if absolutely necessary and if you must travel, plan ahead and check when your last train will be.”

Due to the different signalling system in use on some parts of the West Coast Main Line, which is more resource-intensive to operate, the intercity operator is unable to stop trains at Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Stockport, as well as Runcorn, on the strike day and these stations will not be open.

Avanti West Coast will also not serve Wilmslow due to operational reasons.

Contact Information

Richard Stanton

Avanti West Coast


Notes to editors

On Thursday, 18 August and Saturday, 20 August Avanti West Coast will operate 68 trains between 07.30 - 18.30. The first and last trains for each route/destination are:

Northbound From To First Train Last Train
  London Euston Birmingham New St 0843 1543
  London Euston Glasgow Central 0830 1330
  London Euston Manchester Picc 0840 1540
  London Euston Liverpool Lime St  0747 1456
Southbound From  To First Train Last Train
  Birmingham New St London Euston 0850 1550
  Glasgow Central London Euston

0754 (18/8) 

0827 (20/8)


  Manchester Picc London Euston 0756

1547 (18/8)

1447 (20/8)

  Liverpool Lime St London Euston 0845 1556

For more information about the impact of the strike action on Avanti West Coast’s services, visit:

About Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast, operator of intercity rail services on the West Coast Main Line, is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, delivering a cleaner, greener railway that drives the West Coast forward.

We’re on a mission to revolutionise train travel, linking together the towns and major cities of the UK to create an iconic railway the country can be proud of. We’ve got big plans including a fleet of new intercity trains, as well as the complete refurbishment of the existing Pendolino train fleet. We will introduce more train services every week with new routes added, and a much-improved onboard service with enhanced free Wi-Fi, plug sockets, 25,000 brand new seats and improved catering. Since 8 December 2019, passengers have benefitted from improved passenger compensation, available for journeys delayed by just 15 minutes.

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