An underground station entrance remains closed at Westminster station during the morning rush hour as the London Underground system is closed due to industrial action in London, Britain, March 1, 2022 REUTERS/Toby Melville

Rail strikes will take place next week – here’s what you need to know about the disruptions | UK News

A series of railway and metro strikes that are expected to paralyze much travel will take place next week, union leaders have confirmed.

The Railway, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) said strikes would go ahead as planned after talks failed to resolve a bitter row over wages, jobs and conditions.

Here’s what you need to know – and how disruptions can affect your trip.


The rail strikes are the biggest in decades.

They will take place on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June in a dispute over remuneration and dismissals.

The RMT and Unite unions are also taking part in industrial action which will affect the London Underground on Tuesday June 21.

Network Rail has warned that the strikes will lead six days of disruption due to the ripple effect on services on the intermediate days.

Why do they occur?

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said thousands of jobs were being cut across the rail networks and workers were facing pay rises below inflation.

He said: “It must be reaffirmed that the source of these disputes is the Conservative Government’s decision to cut £4billion in funding for our transport systems – £2billion from the National Railway and £2billion from pounds sterling from Transport for London.”

What does the government say?

The government urged the unions to drop the action.

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “Strikes should always be the last resort, not the first, so it is extremely disappointing and premature that the RMT is pursuing industrial action.

“The government has committed £16billion – to keep our railways running through the pandemic while ensuring no worker loses their jobs.

“The railway is still on life support, with a 25% drop in passenger numbers and anything that takes it further away risks killing services and jobs.”

How is each row affected?

The action of tens of thousands of railway workers will affect millions of commuters and paralyze services for most of the week.

According to Network Rail, only around half of the UK rail network will be open on strike days, with very limited services on the lines. Here is a breakdown.

A “significantly reduced schedule” will be implemented over the three days. Services from London Euston will run hourly to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston. North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh do not have Avanti West Coast services on strike days. Trains will not stop at Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent or Runcorn, and these stations will be closed.

Customers with existing tickets to travel Tuesday through Sunday can request a full refund with further suspended sales to “help reduce disruption and overcrowding”.

It will operate less than a third of normal services between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

This will include two trains per hour from London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Laindon, and the same frequency from London Fenchurch Street to Pitsea via Rainham. No trains will run via Ockendon or Chafford Hundred.

Services will operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm, with no direct trains between Luton and London St Pancras on Saturday and Sunday. Only one train per hour will run in each direction on most routes.

A number of services will not operate during the week. Strike days will see “very limited service”, as will Wednesday and Friday.

No more than two trains per hour will run between King’s Cross and Ely, Cambridge, Peterborough, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage via Hertford North. On strike days, the last trains will arrive in the afternoon.

Around 38% of its regular trains will run, which is expected to be busy. The last train from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh is at 2.00pm, while the last service to Leeds will depart at 3.05pm. The last train from Edinburgh to London is at 12.30pm, with the last departure from Leeds at 3.45pm.

Only two trains per hour between London Euston and Northampton, and one per hour between Birmingham New Street and Northampton. No trains will run between London Euston and Crewe.

A number of services will not operate on strike days, including all those in Cornwall and Devon and on the South Wales Mainline, Heart of Wessex line, Severn Beach line, North Cotswolds line and the South Cotswolds line. Greenford secondary line services will not operate on Saturday. There will be “extremely limited service” on other lines, which will operate between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

A greatly reduced service on London routes will operate, with no regional or branch trains and no rail replacement buses. No more than two trains per hour will run in the capital, starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m.

Services will not operate on most routes, with a “very limited” number of trains on the few lines in circulation, including those in Leeds.

A “very limited service” will operate between 7:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on strike days, and only on certain lines. This includes just four trains per hour between London Waterloo and Woking, and two per hour between London Waterloo and Basingstoke.

Most stations and lines will be closed and a “severely reduced” service will operate on strike days. Where trains are not running, people will not be able to travel.

Many stations and lines will be closed, with just two trains running per hour from London Bridge and London Victoria to south east London and the coast. Services will run on the main line from Brighton to London Bridge and London Victoria, with additional trains from Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs, Sutton and West Croydon, via Crystal Palace.

No service on strike days. A Sunday service will be held on the days following the strikes, starting after 7:15 a.m. and ending early.

Services will be “significantly affected” during the week, with a half-hour service operating between 7.30am and 6.30pm on strike days.

A reduced frequency will be put in place, with later first trains and earlier last trains. There will be two trains per hour, with no service between Stansted Airport and Norwich and Cambridge.

Generally, two trains per hour will run north and south. There will be far fewer trains than normal on strike days, with nothing running between London St Pancras and London Bridge.

Most services will see a “significant reduction” in trains. Yarm, Scarborough, Seamer, Malton, Selby, Brough and Hull stations will be completely closed and no service will call there on strike days. There will also be major disruptions on Wednesday and Friday.

No trains will run north of Glasgow or Edinburgh on strike days. Only two trains per hour will run between towns via Falkirk. They will operate between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

No services will operate from Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Peterborough, Cambridge or Stansted Airport for the three days. A “very limited service” is to operate between Bristol Parkway and Plymouth and Birmingham New Street and Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley. Only one train per hour is to run between Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly, Leicester, Leeds and York and Reading. He warned of the possibility of last-minute schedule changes.

There will be “some disruption” to services throughout the week, but as much as possible will work.

There will be no rail services or rail replacement buses on strike days.

Services will not be able to call into stations operated by the London Underground on Tuesday.

Over the three days, no trains will run north of Banbury, Oxford or Aylesbury via Amersham. One train per hour each way will run to Banbury, Aylesbury via High Wycombe and between Aylesbury and Amersham (except Tuesdays). The service will begin around 7.30am, with morning trains not arriving in London until after 9am. The last train from the capital will leave at 4:45 p.m.

All departures are canceled from Monday to Friday.

In most cases, only three trains in each direction will run on strike days. Although a full schedule is planned on other days, some services have been canceled or will start later.

On Tuesday and Thursday a reduced service will run between Radyr and Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil, with replacement bus services between Radyr and Cardiff Central. There will be a reduced service between Radyr and Treherbert, Aberdare and Pontypridd, with replacement buses operating between Radyr and Cardiff Central on Saturday. All other services will be suspended.

Hull Trains announced that its planned strike had been called off after it had “reached an agreement” with Aslef, adding that talks were continuing.

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