(Page last updated: 29th November 2023)
The UK rail network has been subjected to several days of industrial strike action in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions for rail workers.
The ASLEF Union will be staging a rolling programme of strike action and ‘action short of a strike’ between Friday 1st and Saturday 9th December 2023. Strikes will target different rail companies on each day of the strike. ‘Action short of a strike’ means that drivers will not volunteer to work overtime, so staff shortages may lead to disruption and cancellations.
Go Cotswolds passengers may be affected by these strikes as follows:
Many of our customers choose to join a Go Cotswolds tour by taking a train, either from London, Reading or Oxford to Moreton-in-Marsh, or from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s a more environmentally friendly way to travel, and you’ll get to spend more time in the Cotswolds with a local guide.
Unfortunately, unless strikes are called off, then it will be not be possible to travel by train to Stratford-upon-Avon or Moreton-in-Marsh on strike days. In addition, early morning rail services (i.e. those departing before 7.30AM) on the day after a strike are often cancelled or delayed.
There is a very limited rail service on strike days, but the few trains that are able to run will only serve major commuter routes between big cities. In all previous rail strikes, both Stratford-upon-Avon and Moreton-in-Marsh stations have been completely closed.
Rail strike information published by GWR (for passengers travelling by train to and from Moreton-in-Marsh)
Rail strike information published by West Midlands Railway (for passengers travelling by train between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon)
If you have booked a tour with us on the day of a rail strike, we will always try to contact you to provide advice and options. Ultimately, getting to our pick up point on the day of the tour is your responsibility.
In case of a rail strike, we strongly recommend that you:
If you plan to take a taxi on a strike day, then we highly recommend you book this in advance because demand for taxis is likely to be high. Uber is not widely available in the Cotswolds (Uber is available in Birmingham, if you wish to travel from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon, but it may be more difficult to get an Uber back from Stratford-upon-Avon at the end of the tour unless pre-booked).
Our standard cancellation policy is in place (see below). If you have booked a tour direct with us on a rail strike day and you would like to transfer your booking to another date, or cancel and receive a refund, then please contact us at least 24 hours before the tour departure.
When we know about strikes or travel disruption in advance, we will always contact you to give you fair warning and to advise you of your options.
Get Your Guide/Tripadvisor/Viator/other third-party customers: please refer to your agent’s cancellation policy. The policy below applies only to bookings made direct with Go Cotswolds at www.gocotswolds.co.uk.
Very rarely, we may need to cancel a tour or journey you have booked with us. Examples of such occasions might be if a member of our team becomes ill, one of our vehicles breaks down, or if there is dangerous weather (such as heavy snow or very high winds).
If we have to cancel your tour or journey, we will contact you at the earliest opportunity and offer you:
If you need to cancel your place on a small-group tour, then please let us know as soon as possible and at least 24 hours before the start of your tour. In line with our usual Terms and Conditions, we will offer you:
To cancel or amend a private tour or private vehicle hire booking, please give us 14 days notice. Due to the additional administration involved in a private tour, and higher payment service provider fees, there is a £50 cancellation fee (per day, for multi-day hires).
For our full terms and conditions, please click here.