Avanti West Coast Manchester Piccadilly 2

Avanti West Coast issues travel advice for latest industrial action

Avanti West Coast customers advised to check before they travel during RMT strike action on Saturday 29 July. 

  • Strike action by RMT to affect Avanti West Coast services on Saturday 29 July
  • Reduced timetable and operating hours could result in busier trains
  • Customers advised to check before they travel and be aware of last train home

Avanti West Coast has issued travel advice for Saturday 29 July when its services will be disrupted by RMT strike action.

Customers are advised to check before they travel on Saturday 29 July, as the intercity operator will be running a reduced timetable in response to a 24-hour strike by RMT, which is coordinated across 14 train operators.

Avanti West Coast will run one train per hour between London Euston and Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Birmingham with a limited service to Glasgow.

These trains will operate during limited hours, with the first train of the day departing Euston after 7am and the last train of the day from Euston departing shortly after 5pm.

The reduced timetable means Shrewsbury, North Wales, Chester, Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Blackpool and Edinburgh will have no Avanti West Coast services.

With limited operating hours and fewer services running, customers are advised to plan ahead, check before they travel, and be aware of their last train home.  

Customers with tickets for 29 July (purchased before 22 June) can claim a full fee-free refund from their point of purchase. Alternatively, tickets dated 29 July can be used the day before or up to and including 1 August.

Andy Mellors, Managing Director at Avanti West Coast, said: “We’re sorry our customers will have their journeys disrupted for another day this month because of this latest strike action. It will no doubt affect many who have made plans for this weekend, and I would like to thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding.

“We’ll be operating a reduced timetable during this strike, so our customers should plan their journeys, check before they travel and be aware of their last train home.

“Any customers with tickets dated 29 July can make their journey on alternative days or claim a full refund.”

On Sunday 30 July, Avanti West Coast will be operating a reduced timetable due to planned upgrade work by Network Rail between Rugby and Stafford. Customers travelling on this day should check before they travel and expect longer journeys to some destinations as trains are diverted.


Contact Information

Press Desk

Avanti West Coast


Notes to editors

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 the major upgrade work between Rugby and Stafford, visit: Trent Valley engineering work | Travel Information | Avanti West Coast

The following table details the first and last trains to and from London Euston on Saturday 29 July:




First Train

Last Train


London Euston

Birmingham New Street



Glasgow Central



Liverpool Lime Street



Manchester Piccadilly




Birmingham New Street

London Euston



Glasgow Central



Liverpool Lime Street



Manchester Piccadilly



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.

For the latest news, visit the Avanti West Coast Media Centre: https://newsdesk.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/

Press Office: 0845 000 3333