What if I have a Northern Advance Purchase ticket to travel on 8 November?
Customers with Advance Purchase ticket (your ticket will say ‘AP Northern only’) have a number of options:

  • You can travel on any available Northern service on your chosen route, but please be aware that the services are expected to be very busy.
  • You can use your ticket on Northern trains on either Tuesday 7 November or Thursday 9 November. Customers are advised to travel close to their original booked train times on these days.
  • The following train operators will accept your Northern Advance Purchase ticket on Tuesday 7 November or Thursday 9 November: Arriva Trains Wales, Cross Country, East Midlands Trains, First TransPennine Express, Grand Central, Hull Trains, Virgin Trains East Coast and Virgin Trains West Coast.  
  • If you decide not to travel on 8 November due to the strike, you are entitled to a full refund, without any admin charge. Refunds should be applied for at the original point of sale.
  • If you have an Advance Purchase ticket with a Northern origin or destination station, where we offer the connection to or from using another train operators service, and want to travel on a different date than is printed on their ticket, you can travel on either Tuesday 7 November or Thursday 9 November with tickets dated for Wednesday 8 November with the following operators: Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern, C2C, Cross Country, First TransPennine Express, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Grand Central, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railways, Hull Trains, London Midland, ScotRail, South Eastern, South West Railways, Southern, Thameslink, Virgin Trains East Coast and Virgin Trains West Coast.

You will not need to change your ticket, but are advised to travel as close as possible to the original booked train times on other operator’s services that are available. Please note that industrial action will also affect Greater Anglia, Merseyrail, Southern and South Western services on 8 November.