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When is the next train strike? Full list of planned rail and Tube strike dates in July and August 2022

Railways are grinding to a halt on Wednesday in the latest strike action against pay and working conditions.

Only around one in five trains will run today, with some areas set to be completely cut off. Picket lines have been mounted outside the few stations that remain open.

Passengers are being urged to only travel by train if they must, and if it is necessary, they should allow extra time and check when their last train will depart.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When are the next strikes?

Wednesday 27 July:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • C2C
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Gatwick Express
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • Northern Trains
  • Southeastern
  • South Western Railway
  • Southern
  • Thameslink
  • West Midlands Trains
  • TransPennine Express

Saturday 30 July:

  • Arriva Rail London
  • Great Western
  • LNER
  • Greater Anglia
  • Southeastern
  • Hull Trains
  • West Midlands Trains

Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August:

RMT members will go on strike again.

  • Avanti West Coast
  • C2C
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Gatwick Express
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • Northern Trains
  • Southeastern
  • South Western Railway
  • Southern
  • Thameslink
  • West Midlands Trains
  • TransPennine Express
  • London Underground (19 August)

What are the strikes in protest at?

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Network Rail and 14 train operators walked out on Tuesday in a bitter dispute over jobs, pay, pensions and working conditions.

Union leaders have rejected a “paltry” 4 per cent pay rise offer from Network Rail for the remainder of the year, and a possible 4 per cent pay rise next year if rail workers accepted changes in job conditions.

The RMT is calling for a pay rise for its workers of at least 7 per cent, which is still below the current inflation rate of 9.4 per cent.

The union said it will keep launching strike action if the Government refuses to back down.

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RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Network Rail have not made any improvement on their previous pay offer and the train companies have not offered us anything new.

“The Government need to stop their interference in this dispute so the rail employers can come to a negotiated settlement with us.”

Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, told LBC that RMT bosses are refusing to take any offers made to their members.

“We would like the RMT to make the offer we’ve made to them to their members. We’ve made some offers, but none of them have been put to their members which is quite unfair,” he said.

“We need to modernise the railway… not every part of this package will be welcome to everybody, but if the union says we want no compulsory redundancy, we think we can offer that.”

Which rail companies will be involved in Wednesday’s strike?

Avanti West Coast’s timetable will be “reduced significantly” and it plans to run one train per hour from Euston to each of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston, with a limited service onwards to Glasgow.

There will be no services for North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool, and Edinburgh, and trains will not be calling at Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent or Runcorn, so these stations will be closed.

C2C will have a reduced service operating between 07:30 and 18:30, resulting in less than a third of normal service levels.

Chiltern Railways said there will be “extremely limited availability of staff and as such Chiltern will not be able to operate services on most routes”.

Rail services across the UK will be severely disrupted by Wednesday’s train strike (Photo: PA)

There will be one train per hour between London Marylebone and stations to Oxford Parkway and the same to Banbury, Aylesbury and Amersham. There will be no Chiltern Railways service North of Banbury nor to and from Oxford.

CrossCountry said it would run a significantly reduced service with revised timetables for Wednesday and Thursday from Manchester to Southampton, Scotland to Plymouth, and Birmingham to Stansted Airport.

East Midland Railways will run one train per hour between Nottingham and London and between Sheffield and London on its intercity services and one train per hour between Corby and London. And there will be one train per hour on its regional services.

Grand Central said employees are not included in plans for any strike action but the industrial action will involve Network Rail staff who operate signalling systems and other train operating companies who manage facilities at stations, so services will be affected.

It will be offering a reduced timetable between Kings Cross and North Allerton and Kings Cross and Wakefield.

Great Northern and Thameslink will have two trains running per hour on its routes between London Bridge and Bright, Gatwick Airport, and Three Bridges, and between St Pancras and Bedford and Luton.

One train per hour will run between King’s Cross and Ely and Cambridge. And two trains per hour between King’s Cross and Peterborough, Welwyn Garden City, and Stevenage.

Great Western Railway said no services will operate on Wednesday on all lines in Cornwall and west of Exeter, all branch lines in Devon, South Wales main line, the Berks & Hants line, Wessex main line, Heart of Wessex line, TransWilts line, Severn Beach line, North Cotswolds line, South Cotswolds line, Worcester/Gloucester to Bristol, Greenford branch line, North Downs line, and the South Coast line.

Greater Anglia said it would be only be operating on the following routes and only for part of the day: Norwich to Liverpool Street, Colchester to Liverpool Street, Southend to Liverpool Street, Cambridge North to Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street (Stansted Express).

A half-hourly service will operate on the Heathrow Express between 7.30am and 6.30pm on Wednesday.

LNER has a reduced service of two trains per hour between Edinburgh and London and one train per hour between Leeds and London in both directions on Wednesday.

London Northwestern Railway has only a limited service from 7.30am and 6.30pm on Wednesday on the following routes: Crewe to Birmingham New Street and Birmingham New Street to Euston.

Merseyrail will run an hourly service calling at selected station between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

Northern will be running a revised timetable for its routes: Darlington to Saltburn, Liverpool to Leeds, York to Leeds, Leeds to Ilkley, Skipton to Leeds, Sheffield to Leeds, and Bradford to Leeds. On all other routes there will be no service on Wednesday.

Strikes have been taking place throughout the summer (Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters)

South Western Railway said it will operate a “severely limited service” between 7.15am and 6.30pm. There will be two trains per hour from London Waterloo to Southampton and to Basingstoke and four trains an hour from London Waterloo to Woking and to Windsor.

Southeastern said only 44 of its 180 stations will be open on Wednesday and there will be a limited service running.

Southern will have two trains per hour between London Victoria and Brighton, London Bridge and Brighton, London Bridge and Gatwick, London Bridge and Three Bridges, and Brighton and Hove.

There will also be two trains per hour between London Victoria and Sutton, Epsom Downs, West Croydon, and between London Bridge and Tattenham Corner.

The TransPennine Express will have a very limited service between Manchester Airport and Preston, Manchester Piccadilly and York, Newcastle and Edinbugh, and Cleethorpes and Sheffield.

West Midlands Railway has a limited service between 7.30am and 6.30pm on Wednesday on the Cross City Line, Crewe to Birmingham New Street, and Birmingham New Street to Northampton with no services on other routes.



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