Upcoming train strikes

There are upcoming train strikes which may impact your journey coming onto campus. 

West Midlands Railway and Cross Country (the two trains that go through University) will be striking this week. Both have announced that the following dates will be affected:

  • Thursday 16 March 2023
  • Saturday 18 March 2023
  • Thursday 30 March 2023
  • Saturday 1 April 2023

West Midland Train services on Friday 17 March 2023, Sunday 19 March 2023, Friday 31 March 2023 and Sunday 2 April 2023 may also be impacted. Find out more

There will be a limited service in operation at Cross Country; find out how the strikes affect you

What you need to do

Please plan your journey before travelling and allow extra time as other forms of public transport may be busier than usual. We recommend you check your train journey before you travel on the National Rail journey planner for live information and updates. Some timetables are not amended until closer to the date of travel. 

You can also check directly on the following local transport provider websites that serve the University station route:

I already have a ticket for a strike day. What should I do?

If your train is cancelled, you have two options: either a full refund or a free change of journey time, no matter what type of ticket you have. Even if there is a limited service on your line, you can choose to travel on a different day to avoid the strikes.

Whichever option you choose, the first step is to contact the company you bought your ticket from, which could be the rail company itself, or a website like theTrainline.com. Train companies have put together advice on claiming a refund, changing your journey time and travelling on alternative date with your ticket.  

Alternative travel

If you do need to travel on the above dates, we recommend you look at alternative transport. For local travel, check out the Transport for West Midlands website and our Sustainable Travel intranet page where you can find more information on discounts available by bus.

For further journeys, you may want to check out travelling by coach. Students can get 15% off at National Express and 10% off at Megabus. 


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