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Avanti West Coast issues travel advice ahead of strikes affecting Preston station

Posted on - 31st January, 2024 - 6:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Locations, Preston News, Preston Railway Station, Transport
Preston Railway Station. Pic: Blog Preston
Preston Railway Station. Pic: Blog Preston

Avanti West Coast has issued travel advice ahead of strikes which will affect Preston Railway Station.

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Customers have been told to not travel on Saturday 3 February, 2024 as there will be no Avanti services due to the strike action being undertaken by members of the train drivers’ union, ASLEF.

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Avanti’s timetable will also be amended on Friday 2 and Sunday 4 February.

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Those who have travel plans are being encouraged to check beforehand as strike action will also affect other companies between 30 January and 5 February.

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Customers who booked tickets on or before 16 January can claim a full, fee-free refund from their point of purchase.

Pre-booked tickets dated between Tuesday 30 January and Monday 5 February can also be used any time from Monday 29 January up until Wednesday 7 February.

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ASLEF members will also withdraw from working any overtime between 29 January and 6 February, though Avanti West Coast plans to run its normal timetable during this period (apart from the strike day and the days either side).

Andy Mellors, Managing Director at Avanti West Coast, said: “Our customers want to be out using our network and it is disappointing that we are once again asking them not to travel on a weekend. We understand their frustration and can only apologise for the disruption to their plans.

“We’d encourage those able to do so, to take advantage of the ticket easement, and change their day of travel. Alternatively, customers are entitled to a full fee-free refund.”

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