UK train, tube and bus workers stage three days of strike

From Thursday, walkout will affect travel run by companies in England, Wales and Scotland

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Three days of strike action are set to begin in Britain on Thursday as rail, tube and bus company staff walk out.

On Thursday, August 18, about 40,000 railway workers in the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT) start another strike day in its continuing dispute with Network Rail over pay, conditions and job cuts.

All train operators will be affected as Network Rail maintains the railways and controls rail signals for England, Scotland and Wales.

Network Rail estimated that about 4,300 trains will run — 200 more than the previous strike day but only 20 per cent of the usual daily service. Some areas will have no services.

The following day, about 10,000 RMT workers on London's Underground and Overground rail network will go on strike in a dispute over pay and pensions. Bus drivers with the Unite union are also walking out.

There will be a repeat of Thursday's rail strike on Saturday, August 20, while in London the bus dispute will carry on for a second day running.

Train operators' plans for Thursday and Saturday:

Avanti West Coast

The operator has been running a reduced timetable since Sunday due to many drivers no longer volunteering to work on their rest days for extra pay.

On strike days, there will be one train per hour in both directions between London Euston and each of Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston.

A limited service will run from London to Glasgow.

Several areas will not be served, such as Blackpool, Edinburgh, North Wales and Shrewsbury.

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It will operate fewer than a third of its normal services.

These will consist of two trains per hour in each direction between London Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness via Laindon, and the same frequency between London Fenchurch Street and Pitsea via Rainham.

No trains will run via Ockendon or Chafford Hundred.

Caledonian Sleeper

All departures are cancelled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night.

Chiltern Railways

On Thursday, no trains will run north of Banbury or to/from Oxford station.

There will be one train per hour in both directions between London Marylebone and each of Aylesbury via High Wycombe; Banbury; and Oxford Parkway.

The same frequency will be in place between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Amersham.

On Saturday, no trains will run north of High Wycombe or Aylesbury due to the combination of planned engineering work and the strike.

There will be two trains per hour in both directions between London Marylebone and High Wycombe, and one per hour between London Marylebone and Aylesbury via Amersham.

CrossCountry

Thursday: no direct services will run between Birmingham and Cambridge, Cardiff, Nottingham, Peterborough and Stansted Airport.

A severely limited service is planned between Birmingham and Bristol; Edinburgh via Leeds, York and Newcastle; Leicester; Manchester; and Southampton via Reading.

Saturday: No direct services will run between Birmingham and Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Nottingham, Peterborough and Stansted Airport.

A limited service is planned from Birmingham to Manchester and Southampton, and from Derby to Edinburgh via Leeds, York and Newcastle.

East Midlands Railway

Only one train per hour will run in each direction between London St Pancras and each of Nottingham and Sheffield; and between Derby and both Matlock and Nottingham.

There will also be one service per hour between Nottingham and Leicester on Thursday but not on Saturday.

All other routes will be closed.

Gatwick Express

Services will be suspended. Passengers travelling to or from Gatwick Airport can use Southern and Thameslink trains.

Grand Central

Only three trains in each direction will run between London King's Cross and both Northallerton and Wakefield Kirkgate.

Great Northern

There will be very few trains, with no services east of Ely to King's Lynn.

Great Western Railway

No services will run on many routes, such as all those in Cornwall, branch lines in Devon, between Cardiff and Swansea, and between Bath and Portsmouth.

Greater Anglia

On strike days, the company will not run any trains on its regional and branch lines.

A limited service will operate on some routes to and from London Liverpool Street.

Heathrow Express

A full service will operate but only between 7.30am and 6.10pm.

Hull Trains

Trains will run only between Doncaster and London King's Cross, with five in each direction.

London North Eastern Railway

Thursday: only two trains per hour will operate between Edinburgh and London King's Cross, and one per hour running only of the route.

Saturday: only one train per hour will operate between Edinburgh and London King's Cross, and two per hour running part of the route.

London Northwestern Railway

A limited service will run to and from Birmingham New Street and both Crewe and London Euston.

Other routes will be closed.

Lumo

A reduced timetable will be in place between London King's Cross and Edinburgh.

Merseyrail

A limited service will operate.

No trains will run between Chester and Rock Ferry or Ellesmere Port and Rock Ferry.

Northern

Passengers are urged “not to travel” as only a small number of routes will have trains.

Routes that will be open include Liverpool to Manchester; Manchester to Alderley Edge; York to Leeds; and Leeds to Sheffield.

ScotRail

Trains will run only in the Central Belt, Fife and the Borders.

South Western Railway

A “severely limited service” will run, and only between London Waterloo and Basingstoke, Southampton, Windsor and Woking.

Southeastern

Only 44 out of 180 stations will be open, with the vast majority of the network in Kent and East Sussex closed.

The high-speed route to Ashford International will be open.

Southern

Much of the network will be shut down.

Services will run on the Brighton mainline to London Bridge and London Victoria, with additional trains from Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs, Sutton and West Croydon via Crystal Palace.

Stansted Express

Two trains per hour will run between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport on Thursday.

Details have not been released for Saturday.

Thameslink

There will be far fewer trains than normal.

Services will be split north and south, with nothing running between London St Pancras and London Bridge.

TransPennine Express

There will be a limited service, with only these routes open: Manchester Airport to Preston; Manchester Piccadilly to York; Newcastle to Edinburgh; and Cleethorpes to Sheffield.

Transport for Wales

Most lines will be closed.

An hourly service will run between Cardiff and Newport, with limited trains elsewhere.

West Midlands Railway

A limited service will operate only between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch/Bromsgrove via Birmingham New Street; Crewe and Birmingham New Street via Wolverhampton; and Birmingham New Street and London Euston via Northampton.

London strikes on Friday

Underground

Disruption on all lines with little or no service.

Overground

Late start and no night service.

DLR

Services to Bank 7am-6.30pm

Trams

Reduced service.

Buses

Services in west London affected into Saturday.

Updated: August 17, 2022, 2:00 PM
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