A railway company is warning customers to only travel if absolutely essential on days affected by RMT strike.

Train operator Chiltern Railways have issued strong guidance to customers to only travel if absolutely essential on Thursday, August 18 and Saturday August 20, due to strike action by the RMT.

On these days, there will be extremely limited availability of staff and as such the operator will not be able to operate services on most routes.

Due to strike action, there will be no service north of Banbury on Thursday, August 18.

Due to strike action coupled with planned engineering works, there will be no service north of High Wycombe on Saturday, August 20 with no provision of rail replacement buses.

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There will be a later start to services on Friday, August 19 and Sunday, August 21.

Chiltern Railways expect to have significantly less staff to service and prepare the number of trains they would normally need to operate the timetable, and they are unable to position their fleet how they normally would.

Customers should check their first train if they are travelling on these days.

Due to engineering works on Sunday, August 21, the railway is closed between High Wycombe and Bicester, and between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury.

Rail replacement buses will be in operation on Sunday, August 21 between High Wycombe and Bicester North.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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