Thameslink and EMR trains out of Bedford cancelled over two days due to ASLEF strike

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Commuters Image: Govia Thameslink Rail
Commuters Image: Govia Thameslink Rail

There will be no Thameslink services out of Bedford on Tuesday, 7 May and no EMR services out of Bedford on Wednesday, 8 May, due to industrial action by ASLEF.

The strikes are part of a long-running dispute over pay with ASLEF union members at 16 rail companies walking out on different days from 7 to 9 May. This will affect Bedford commuters in the following ways.

Affect of strikes on Thameslink services

  • Monday, 6 May – Bank Holiday Monday timetable with short-notice alterations and cancellations possible
  • Tuesday, 7 May – Thameslink shuttle service between Luton, Luton Airport Parkway and St Pancras only.*
  • Wednesday, 8 May – Bedford and Brighton only two trains per hour  
  • Thursday, 9 May – Bedford and Brighton only two trains per hour  
  • Friday, 10 May – Bedford and Brighton only two trains per hour  
  • Saturday, 11 May – Bedford and Brighton only two trains per hour  

*No bus replacement service out of Bedford to Luton.

For more information about Thameslink services head to thameslinkrailway.com.

Affect of strikes on EMR services

  • Monday, 6 May – EMR is planning to run a normal timetable with short-notice alterations and cancellations possible
  • Tuesday, 7 May – EMR is planning to run a normal timetable with short-notice alterations and cancellations possible.
  • Wednesday, 8 May – No EMR services.
  • Thursday, 9 May – EMR is planning to run a normal timetable with short-notice alterations and cancellations possible
  • Friday, 10 May – EMR is planning to run a normal timetable with short-notice alterations and cancellations possible
  • Saturday, 11 May – EMR is planning to run a normal timetable with short-notice alterations and cancellations possible

For more information about EMR services head to eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk.

Check before you travel

Both Thameslink and EME services planned to run are expected to be extremely busy and will have queueing systems in place, meaning those at the end of the queue may not be able to board your chosen service.

Both operators advise anyone who is planning to travel on one of the last trains of the day, to be aware that, depending on the size of the queue, you may not be able to board a service at all.

No alternative transport options will be provided after the last train departs. Please plan ahead and leave plenty of time to reach your destination.

Aslef members voted overwhelmingly in February to continue industrial action.

Drivers were offered a two-year deal worth 4% annually with changes to working conditions attached. The rise was less than that offered to other parts of the industry in percentage terms.

The union’s general secretary, Mick Whelan said the government’s argument that the offer should have been put to members was disingenuous, given the repeated strike votes.

“It is now a year since we sat in a room with the train companies – and a year since we rejected the risible offer they made and which they admitted, privately, was designed to be rejected,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators, called the strike action, “Wholly unnecessary”

Adding it will “…sadly disrupt customers and businesses once again, while further damaging the railway at a time when taxpayers are continuing to contribute an extra £54m a week just to keep services running.”