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Industrial Action 29 February – 2 March

As a result of ASLEF strike action, there will be no Northern services on Friday 1 March.

Additional disruption is expected between 29 February and 2 March due to action short of strike called by ASLEF where some short notice amendments may take place. 

If traveling with Northern, or connecting onto other services across the country, check before you travel as industrial action may affect multiple parts of your journey.

Some Northern services are expected to be very busy on routes shared with other train operators.

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Between 29 Feb - 2 March (during 'action short of strike'), we expect some late notice cancellations to services, particularly the first and last services of the day. Please check before travelling, as close to the time as possible.

Find out more about how strikes will impact across the whole rail network at NationalRail.co.uk

 

This page will be updated with more information as we receive it.

 

Updated 26/02/2024

 

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We advise checking journey planners if you choose to travel on days affected by industrial action, particularly in the morning and the last service of the day. Please also check journeys the day after strikes as some services may be affected. 

Remember to check your entire journey as services across the country may be affected. 

This page will be updated with more information as we receive it.

Strike days

  • There will be no rail replacement buses on strike days for Northern services.
  • Some Northern stations may be closed or have reduced hours due to limited staffing and services. 

Timetables

  • No Northern train services operating on 1 March, so there are no strike timetables for these days.
  • Journey planners are available for Northern services between 29 Feb and 2 March, but are subject to late notice cancellations - please check on the day of travel for these days affected by 'Action short of strike' by ASLEF. 

     

Ticket easements and refunds for strike days

You can request a fee-free change of journey for all ticket types if the train is cancelled or delayed, or rescheduled from that in the published timetable of the day after you have purchased a ticket, via our refunds requests page. 

If you have a ticket for the day(s) industrial action is taking place you can use the ticket for travel on specified alternative days (excludes London Underground):

  • Customers with Advance, Anytime or Off-Peak tickets for travel between Friday 1 March can instead use their tickets any time between Thursday 29th February and Tuesday 5th March (inclusive) -  (tickets must have been purchased before 22 February 2024).
  • Cross TOC Ticket Acceptance: The following TOCs have granted acceptance to Northern for 01/03 on all reasonable routes: 
    • TransPennine Express (TPT)
    • Transport for Wales

Daily tickets, such as Anytime or Off-Peak can claim a full refund with no admin fee if you decide not to travel from the point of purchase on the refunds request page or find more refund details on the Northern Refunds page

Season ticket refund, including flexi – You can get a refund on the portion of the season ticket not used, as per the standard refund policy through the season ticket compensation form more information can be found on the season ticket strike calculator page.

 

 

 FAQs

ASLEF advised Northern that they would be striking around failure to adhere to existing agreements. We are working to find a resolution. 

Strike action will significantly impact our ability to run a train service, details of which will be available on northernrailway.co.uk/strikes 

Some stations will be affected by the strikes, including the facilities at those stations. Check before traveling and be aware some stations may be closed or have very minimal opening hours on strike days (or days affected by industrial action). 

If you have assistance booked please contact our passenger assist team to discuss or replan on 0800 138 5560 (Text Relay 18001 0800 138 5560) or visit the passenger assist page.

When strike action is called, Network Rail works with the train operators to develop a timetable with the available resource. This resource varies dependent on which unions are striking and which areas of the industry is impacted e.g., Network Rail staff, operators, drivers, conductors, engineers, station staff, depots etc.   

Network Rail coordinates the timetable development and advises train companies on how much of each operator's network can be used. This is based on what Network Rail calls the Key Route Strategy – routes linking the major cities and towns take precedence. Therefore, often long-distance train operators are more likely to run relatively more services than stopper services such as Northern.  

There will be no alternative transport in place on strike days.

Our advice is to only travel if necessary during dates impacted by strike action. Always check before travelling. 

If you have a ticket to travel on strike days:

  • Ticket holders can get a fee-free refund or change the date of the ticket, for any train that is cancelled, delayed or rescheduled from that in published timetables on the days after you purchased a ticket via our refunds requests page. 
  • If you have a ticket for the day(s) industrial action is taking place you can use the ticket for travel on specified alternative days (excludes London Underground).
  • Season ticket refund, including flexi – You can get a refund on the portion of the season ticket not used, as per the standard refund policy through the season ticket compensation form more information on can be found on the season ticket strike calculator page.

If you have a return trip planned where the outward or return journey is affected by the strike action, you can claim a refund or compensation for the full journey. Visit our refunds page for more information.

We advise you to only travel if necessary during dates impacted by strike action as services will be significantly impacted, reduced or cancelled. Always check before travelling. 

If you decide to travel anyway and are delayed by 15mins or more you are entitled to delay repay compensation.

We advise you to only travel if necessary during the period that strike action is taking place, normal services will not be running. Expect severe delays if you do choose to travel.

If you have already purchased a ticket and your journey is affected by the industrial action, you can claim a full refund on unused tickets with no administration fee. 

If you have an Advance ticket, please travel as close as possible to the original day and time of travel as possible - ticket conditions will be available in the main body of this page when known. 

We continue to provide Passenger Assistance for all services which run, however, we expect trains to be very busy. Please follow the travel advice for the day of travel. 

 

 

 

 

No, the 'book with confidence' policy has now expired (30 November). From 1 December 2022 an administration fee may apply when Advance ticket customers choose to change the time of their journey.

Advance tickets will be non-refundable unless the booked service has been cancelled, delayed or rescheduled by the train operator for reasons such as disruption or strikes in which case refunds are available.  

Advance tickets are not available to buy for days impacted by strike action.

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