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Avanti West Coast confirms travel advice for latest strikes

Avanti West Coast confirms travel advice for customers during latest strike action by ASLEF and RMT. 

  • Customers told not to attempt travel on 1 September, as no Avanti West Coast services will operate due to strike action by drivers
  • Reduced timetable and shorter hours of operation during RMT strike on 2 September could result in busy trains   
  • Customers advised to check before they travel and be aware of last train home  

Avanti West Coast has issued travel advice for strike action by ASLEF and RMT, which will significantly disrupt services later this week.

Customers are being told not to attempt travel on Friday 1 September – when the train driver’s union, ASLEF, go on strike – because Avanti West Coast will be unable to run any services.  

With no trains running to and from all destinations across the network during the ASLEF industrial action, customers are advised to claim a refund, seek alternative transport, or rearrange journeys for another date.

Many destinations on the West Coast Main Line will have no rail connectivity on 1 September and rail replacement services will not be in place either.  

On Saturday 2 September, customers are strongly advised to check before they travel as the intercity operator will be running a reduced timetable. This is in response to strike action by the RMT which is coordinated across 14 train companies. Avanti West Coast will operate one train per hour from London Euston to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and Preston, with a limited service to Carlisle.

Trains will operate over reduced hours on Saturday, with the first train of the day departing Euston shortly before 8am and the last train of the day from Euston departing shortly after 5pm.

The significantly reduced timetable means North Wales, Shrewsbury, Chester, Blackpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Glasgow, and Edinburgh will have no Avanti West Coast services on 2 September. Macclesfield and Runcorn stations will also be closed due to operational reasons.

With fewer services running, a considerably reduced operation and sporting fixtures taking place at destinations along the West Coast Main Line on 2 September, trains could be busy. Customers are strongly advised to plan ahead, make a reservation, check before they travel, and be aware of their last train home.

Avanti West Coast will also be operating an amended timetable from Sunday 3 to Sunday 10 September due to planned engineering work by Network Rail in the Northampton area. As a result, there will be a slightly reduced service across routes and trains may be busier.

Customers with tickets for 1 September (purchased before 11 August) or 2 September (purchased before 18 August) can claim a full fee-free refund from their point of purchase. Alternatively, tickets dated 1 or 2 September can be used on Thursday 31 August or up to and including Tuesday 5 September.

Andy Mellors, Managing Director at Avanti West Coast, said: “We’re sorry our customers will face disruption to their journeys when ASLEF and RMT members go on strike later this week. For many this is the last weekend of their summer holidays and with no services on 1 September and a significantly reduced timetable on 2 September it will severely impact their plans.  

“The advice to all our customers making journeys on 2 September is to plan ahead, check before you travel and be aware of your last train home. We’d like to thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding.

“Any customers with tickets for 1 or 2 September can make their journey on alternative days or claim a full refund.”


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Avanti West Coast


Notes to editors

For more information about the impact of the strike action on Avanti West Coast services, visit: https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/travel-information/strike

For more information about Avanti West Coast’s timetable during the planned engineering work taking place in the Northampton area between Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 September, visit: Train Timetables | Train Schedule | Avanti West Coast

The following table details the first and last trains to and from London Euston on Saturday 2 September:




First Train

Last Train


London Euston

Birmingham New Street






Liverpool Lime Street



Manchester Piccadilly




Birmingham New Street

London Euston






Liverpool Lime Street



Manchester Piccadilly



*Due to the strike action, Avanti West Coast trains are unable to run through to Glasgow on Saturday 2 September, so these services will terminate at Carlisle.

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. Our refurbed Pendolinos are returning to the rails, with a £117m investment that’s delivering best in class comfort. Rebuilt using sustainable materials wherever possible, including tables made from recycled plastic bottles, our upgraded fleet offers 25,000 brand new seats, free Wi-Fi, onboard recycling and much more.

New Hitachi trains are set to replace our Voyager trains from 2023, leading to a 61% cut in carbon emissions. Quieter and roomier, with more reliable Wi-Fi, wireless charging for electrical devices and a real-time customer information system, the new 23-strong fleet is the result of a £350m investment in sustainable travel.

We’re tackling climate change wherever we can, from reducing energy and water use to training drivers in eco-driving techniques and sourcing food and drink from local suppliers. Our goal is to be net zero carbon by 2031. We’re on track.

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