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Rail strike: which trains run and which are canceled this Saturday?

Nine days of national rail strikes are planned over the next six weeks, as well as a ban on overtime work on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

A December and January stop is planned by the RMT union.

But before that, members of the train drivers’ union, the affiliated association of locomotive engineers and firemen (Aslef), will take to the streets of 11 train operators on Saturday, November 26. This is the fifth nationwide strike by drivers in five months

The detention will result in massive appeals across the UK. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), representing rail operators, says: “Passengers should only travel by train when necessary.”

However, many trains will continue to run and stations such as Clapham Junction will remain unaffected – although others, including London Euston, are completely closed.

These are key points for passengers.

Which train operators will be affected by Saturday’s train drivers’ strike?

Six of these are mainly intercity operators: Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway (GWR), LNER and TransPennine Express.

The other five are mainly regional operators: Chiltern, Greater Anglia, Northern, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

Will either of them be running trains on Saturday?

Yes, as follows, mainly between 7:30am and 6:30pm unless otherwise stated:

Great England

“One train per hour between London Liverpool Street and Colchester, Norwich and Southend Victoria and on the Stansted Express. There will be no trains on any other routes, including the Cambridge Main Line to London Liverpool Street, or replacement buses for them.” Stansted Express runs from 5:00 to 23:30 and other trains from 8:00 to 21:00 or 22:00.


Hourly service between London Paddington and Bristol. But trains will not stop at Bath, the site of a popular Christmas market. Also links from Reading to Basingstoke and Oxford. The last trains may not arrive until 21:30, but check in advance.


A service every two hours between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh, and one journey each way between London and Leeds. Planned engineering work between Peterborough and Doncaster will add up to 90 minutes to some journeys.

TransPennine Express

Four trains each way between York and Manchester Piccadilly; three each way between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street; and two each way between Sheffield and Cleethorpes. The company says, “Only travel during a strike if travel is absolutely necessary and seek alternative methods of travel where possible.”

Which carriers canceled all trains?

Avanti West Coast, Chiltern, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, North, South East and West Midlands Trains.

Will there be any disruption on Friday or Sunday?

Yes, with some operators. On Friday, Chiltern warned: “Some late evening trains from London Marylebone will be diverted.” On Sunday it says ‘7.41am Oxford to London Paddington will not run’.

On Sunday, Greater Anglia warned: “The network will not return to normal full service until the early afternoon.”

The GWR says on Sunday: “Trains will continue to be disrupted. There may be some changes and cancellations at short notice; and a later start of worship services in the morning. The trains that run will be very crowded.”

TransPennine Express says: “We also expect disruption to travel the day after the planned strike.”

Which train operators is not affected?

Many, including a train company that runs more trains than any other, the GTR it covers Great North, South and Thameslink.

This will enable some Southeastern, Greater Anglia and East Midlands rail stations to and from London – such as Hastings, Cambridge and Bedford.

Southwest Railwaythe operator from the UK’s busiest station, London Waterloo, will operate as normal.

Also in the southeast C2C will run as usual between London and South Essex and provide alternatives to Greater Anglia.

On the East Coast Main Line, Trains Grand Central, Hull and Lumo will run – serving Doncaster, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh – but journeys will be longer due to engineering work and trains will be busier as travelers travel with LNER and TransPennine Express.

ScotRail and Transport for Wales are intact.

Trains that duplicate connections on striking operators are likely to be busier than usual. These include Transport for Wales trains on the Swansea-Cardiff-Newport corridor and between Crewe and Manchester, and ScotRail north of Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness.

What do the warring parties say?

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, emphasizes: “We do not want to take such actions.

“But while the industry is still not making any offer – because of the dodgy deal they signed with the DfT [Department for Transport] – We have no choice but to resume strike action.

“With inflation already in double digits, the train drivers who have kept the UK moving through the pandemic are expected to work as hard this year as they did last year, but for less.

“Most of these drivers have not had a pay rise since 2019.”

A DfT spokesman said: “It is disappointing that Aslef has once again opted for suicidal strike action when our railway is in dire need of reform.

“It’s a frustrating step backwards. Further disruption not only harms society and the livelihoods of Aslef members, it threatens the future of the railway itself.”

A RDG spokesman said: “We regret Aslef’s decision, which will cause real disruption to passengers and hit its members’ pay packages.

“Instead of staging more unproductive strike action that adds to the very real financial challenge facing the industry, we are asking them to work with us to secure both the pay deal and the necessary changes so that it can prosper in the long term and improve reliability across the board. networks.

What other disruptions are planned?

Aslef has withdrawn all non-contractual overtime on the LNER East Coast Main Line from Sunday 27 November. The union’s general secretary accuses the state-owned company of “complete disregard for the agreements that shape our members’ working lives.”

Avanti West Coast and TransPennine Express have significantly reduced schedules until December 10.

The RMT union is planning eight days of strikes in December and January, with no overtime in between.

More than 40,000 RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train companies are on strike on December 13, 14, 16 and 17 and January 3, 4, 6 and 7. From December 18th to January 2nd, which means RMT will hold industrial action for four weeks.


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