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Press release: East Midlands Railway confirms rail strike impact on services

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Tue 26th July 2022

The latest press release from East Midlands Railway on tomorrow’s (Wednesday, July 27) rail strikes.

East Midlands Railway (EMR) will be running a significantly reduced level of service next Wednesday (July 27) as the RMT Union goes on strike.

EMR has been working on contingency plans to provide as many services as possible but the opening hours of the railway and the number of services it can operate will be significantly reduced. EMR will run the same timetable as it did on weekday strikes last month.

Customers are asked to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary. If customers need to travel, they are asked to plan ahead and leave extra time for their journey. This includes the day after the strike, as knock-on effects will impact services on Thursday (July 28) too.

Since the announcement of the ballot, EMR has been working with colleagues across the railway to ensure they can deliver a robust and reliable service for their customers. As in previous strikes, a significant pool of contingency staff have been trained (to the same safety-critical standards as their permanent colleagues) to ensure a service can continue to operate.

However, it will not be possible to continue to operate the same level of service as EMR would normally.

Network Rail is also affected by strike action and therefore its ability to operate the infrastructure is also significantly reduced. This includes maintenance staff who renew and repair the infrastructure as well as colleagues working in control and signalling roles who ensure the safe operation of the railway.

Summary of EMR services on July 27

EMR services will operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm only

EMR Intercity

One train per hour between Nottingham and London

One train per hour between Sheffield and London

EMR Connect

One train per hour between Corby and London

EMR Regional

One train per hour between Derby and Matlock

One train per hour between Derby and Nottingham

One train per hour between Leicester and Nottingham (stopping service)

One train per hour between Nottingham and Sheffield

All other lines of route will be closed

Services on July 28 will also be affected

Services will start after 7am with some reductions throughout the day

Keep up to date with the latest from East Midlands Railway throughout the strike here.