Luton Airport passengers warned to check rail journeys ahead of strikes - with disruption across the network

The ASLEF union action will disrupt the network over the next month
Thameslink train. Picture: Peter Alvey PhotographerThameslink train. Picture: Peter Alvey Photographer
Thameslink train. Picture: Peter Alvey Photographer

Luton train passengers are being warned to check their journeys ahead of strike action by the ASLEF union starting next week.

On Monday, April 8, there will be no trains running across the majority of the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) network, which operates Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern services.

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There will be a limited bus shuttle service calling at Luton, Luton Airport Parkway and St Pancras. This strike coincides with London Underground strikes on April 8, so travel from St Pancras will be limited.

The shuttle services have mainly been set up to help people travelling to airports and have no alternative option than to get the train. The operator has urged people to check journey planners before and during their journeys, as departure times and frequencies of shuttle services will change throughout the day.

From Thursday, April 4 until Saturday, April 6, and on Tuesday, April 9, there will be changes to the timetables, meaning there will be fewer services running, due to a nationwide overtime ban.

Jenny Saunders, GTR’s customer services director, said: “We’re really sorry for the disruption this strike action will have on our customers, especially as it coincides with the Easter school holidays.

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“I strongly urge customers to check every journey, every day, from Thursday 4 April until Tuesday 9 April, so they aren’t caught out. No two days will be the same, so please plan all of your journeys carefully, including any connections with other operators, in advance at, and once again before you leave.”