Alfreton train station, managed by EMR. East Midlands Railway

PRESS RELEASE: EMR to begin four weeks of disruption as industry is hit by strike action

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Tue 13th December 2022

The following press release has been issued by East Midlands Railway, which operates train services through Alfreton, ahead of planned strike action.

  • EMR services affected from December 13, up to and including, January 7
  • No EMR services on December 24
  • Services change at different times throughout strike period – customers strongly urged to check before their date of travel
  • Services throughout strike period expected to be extremely busy
  • Customers can find out what services are running by visiting:

East Midland Railway’s (EMR) services are to be affected by four weeks of industrial action by the RMT, UNITE the Union and TSSA Unions – from December 13, up to and including, January 7.

Throughout this period, EMR services will change, often from day to day, as different unions affect the train operator in different ways.

However, there will be no EMR services on December 24, and services throughout the strike period are expected to be extremely busy. Services will not operate on Christmas Day and Boxing Day as normal.

During some strike days, trains and routes will all terminate by 6.30pm, with the last departures starting between 3pm and 4.30pm.

Strike action will also affect other routes across the country with very limited services running on the rail network for the same period.

Customers are advised to travel if only absolutely necessary and those travelling should ensure they check the time of their last return train.

Customers can find out what services they are running by visiting EMR’s website – Detailed journey planners will be updated as soon as possible.

Will Rogers, managing director at East Midlands Railway, said: “Due to industrial action our services will be significantly impacted in the next four weeks.

“Regrettably, we won’t be able to run any services on Christmas Eve and throughout the strike period different parts of our network will be significantly affected – while services that are operating will likely be extremely busy.

“It is a complicated picture due to the way each union affects us and therefore we are strongly urging customers to visit our website before planning a journey to understand what services are running.

“Customers should only travel if it’s absolutely necessary and they should leave extra time for disruption and short notice changes.”