The Conservative Party conference in Birmingham gets underway on October 2 and is set to be impacted by the planned rail strikes taking place across the country.
The first of three strikes during the week will take place on Saturday October 1, and the follow on disruption is set to impact trains on October 2 also.
The second day, which is October 5, is the last day of the conference and several train companies which operate trains in and out of Birmingham will have staff on strike.
October 5 impact
The industrial action on October 5 will see train drivers from 14 operators walk out and lead to widespread rail disruption.
Trains into Birmingham from Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Railway and CrossCountry will all be affected.
On October 5, there will be no trains running on any lines for any of these three companies.
The operators impacted are Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Heathrow Express, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains.
People travelling to and from the conference via train will be severely affected by the train strikes.
For the latest updates on strike timetables for trains in and out of Birmingham, visit National Rail.
Network Rail representatives comment on the strike
Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said: “Passengers who want to travel this Saturday, and indeed next Wednesday and next Saturday, are asked only to do so if absolutely necessary. Those who must travel should expect disruption and make sure they check when their last train will depart.”
Daniel Mann, Director of Industry Operations at Rail Delivery Group, said: “These strikes are unnecessary and damaging. They disrupt passengers’ plans, undermine struggling businesses, hit major events and harm the industry’s recovery.
“While we have done all we can to keep some services running, passengers should only travel by rail if absolutely necessary.
“Passengers with advance, off-peak or anytime tickets affected by the strikes on 1 October can use their ticket on the day before the booked date, or up to and including 4 October. Passengers can also change their tickets to travel on an alternate date or get a refund if their train is cancelled or rescheduled.”