Drivers are set for rail chaos this week as the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union and ticket union TSSA walk out coordinated train strikesbringing Britain’s rail and underground networks to a screeching halt.
Main traffic connections on the highway are expected to be extremely disrupted the day of the strike – Saturday, August 20.
Most rail operators are also warning passengers to avoid travel on the day of the strike and to plan ahead on Sunday 21. the disturbance continues.
Here is the latest operator timetable information on the RMT and TSSA strikes.
How will the Tube strikes affect London’s Overground and Underground services?
RMT and Arriva staff walked out on Friday 19 August and reduced services are expected at the Overground or Night Overground station between 8am and 6pm on Saturday.
Transport for London has warned that there will be very limited or no Underground services on the evening of Friday 19 August and Saturday morning.
He says: “TfL is expecting serious disruption on all London Underground lines on Friday 19 August, with little or no services all day due to the RMT strike. There will also be no more Night Tube or Night Overground services from Friday evening. We advise customers to avoid traveling on the Tube and only travel on the rest of the network if absolutely necessary.”
Which trains run on strike days?
Avanti West Coast
Avanti West Coast advises customers to only travel on Saturday 20 August if absolutely necessary.
During industrial action on August 20, the company will run one train per hour from Euston to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Preston, with a limited service to Glasgow. The first train will leave before 8 a.m., and the last in mid-afternoon.
North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh will not have services. Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent and Runcorn stations will be closed.
On the days of the strike, on the c2c line, reduced traffic will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., which is about a third of normal traffic. Two trains per hour will run from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness and to Pitsee via Rainham. No trains will run over Ockendon or Chafford Hundred.
On Sunday, August 21, full traffic is expected to resume from 8am, although commuters should be prepared for unintended disruption.
Chiltern advises customers that they will be running a very limited service, with no replacement bus services.
On Saturday 20th there will be two trains per hour from Marylebone to High Wycombe and one train per hour to Aylesbury via Amersham. There will be no service north of High Wycombe and no replacement bus service.
There will be no trains before 9am on Sunday 21st and engineering works are planned between High Wycombe and Bicester and also between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury throughout the day, with replacement buses on some routes.
CrossCountry will operate an extremely limited service during the days of the strike.
On Saturday 20 August, trains will only run between Derby and Edinburgh and between Southampton Central and Manchester Piccadilly.
East Midlands Railway
There will be one train per hour between London and Nottingham and Sheffield on Saturday 20 August. There will be one train per hour from Derby to Matlock and Derby to Nottingham. All other routes will be closed.
London’s newly formed Elizabeth Line is warning passengers to expect reduced train services.
All Gatwick Express trains are canceled on the day of the RMT strike.
The network has not yet provided an updated schedule for Saturday, 20. Passengers are advised to check the network website.
Great Northern and Thameslink
On the day of the strike, there will be two trains an hour from St Pancras International to Bedford and Luton.
There will be one train per hour between London King’s Cross and Ely, and an additional train will run between Cambridge and Ely once an hour. There will also be one train per hour between Kings Cross and Cambridge, and two per hour from Kings Cross to Peterborough, Welywn Garden City and Stevenage via Hertford North.
Great Western Rail
On Saturday 20th, train services will not operate on the following routes: to/from Bristol Temple Meads; between Bristol Temple Meads and Swindon; between Bristol and Gloucester; between Bristol and Taunton; between Cardiff Central and Bath Spa; all lines in Cornwall, including all branches; west of Newton Abbot (exeter interchange) towards Plymouth/Cornwall; all branches in Devon (Barnstaple, Exmouth, Paignton, Okehampton); South Wales Main Line (Carmarthen/Swansea–Cardiff Central); the Berks & Hants line (between Reading and Westbury); Wessex Main Line (Bath Spa–Portsmouth); the Heart of Wessex line (Westbury–Weymouth); TransWilts line (trains will run non-stop between Swindon and Westbury); the Severn Beach line (Bristol Temple Meads–Severn Beach); the North Cotswolds line (Hereford/Worcester–Oxford); the South Cotswolds route (Cheltenham Spa–Swindon); Worcester/Gloucester; Greenford Branch; North Downs Line (Reading–Gatwick Airport).
Some morning services are canceled on Sunday 21 August, while the network advises passengers against travel on Saturday 20 August.
On August 20, services will operate between 7:30 a.m. and 6:10 p.m.
Services will operate between Doncaster and London Kings Cross and only between 7.30am and 6.30pm.
As there is no strike, the service will operate as normal.
The limited service will only run between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh twice an hour and between London and Leeds once an hour on the day of the strike.
London Northwestern Railway
A reduced timetable will run on 20 August on the Birmingham – London Euston via Northampton and Birmingham – Crewe via Wolverhampton routes. Trains will start at 7:33 a.m., and services will end by 6:10 p.m.
Lumo will operate a reduced service of three trains a day from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh and vice versa on Saturday.
On August 20, Merseyrail will be hit by a shortage of staff, operating hourly only between 7.30am and 6.30pm at selected stations.
There will be no trains from Chester, Rock Ferry and Ellesmere Port, and there will also be no services on the Hunts Cross line.
On August 20, there will be an hourly service on the Liverpool – Manchester line and on the Leeds – York, Ilkley, Skipton, Sheffield and Bradford line. No trains will run before 7:30 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
All other routes will not run.
ScotRail staff are not involved in the dispute but further disruption is expected. Two trains per hour are expected between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High, Helensburgh, Inverkeithing, Tweedbank. One train per hour is expected between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Shotts.
Two per hour are expected between Glasgow and Hamilton and Lanark. One train per hour is expected from Glasgow Queen St to Larbert and Falkirk Grahamston. There will be two trains per hour between Milngavie and Springburn.
Services will be held between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
South Western Railway
On the day of the strike, trains will only run between 7.15am and 6.30pm between London Waterloo as far as Woking, Basingstoke and Southampton as well as London Waterloo and Windsor and Eaton Riverside. All other main lines and branch lines will not run.
On Saturday, August 20, passengers are reminded to travel only in emergencies. Only 44 of the 180 stations will be open. There are no alternative rail bus services for the closed stations. Charing Cross and Cannon Street will be closed on both days of the strike. No South Eastern trains will run to Victoria during strike days.
The reduced frequency will run between London Bridge and Sevenoaks. Trains will also serve London Bridge-Dartford via the Greenwich, Blackheath and Sidcup branches. There will be no trains east of Dartford or south of Sevenoaks.
The first express train from Ashford to London St Pancras via Ebbsfleet departs at 7.45am. The last train to London leaves at 16:30. In the reverse direction, the last departure from London is at 17:30.
The last trains back to London will also run much earlier than usual and passengers may also be unable to board trains where traffic is limited, particularly at Ashford and Ebbsfleet.
Southern and Thameslink
On Saturday 20 August there will be two trains per hour between London Victoria and Brighton, calling only at Clapham Junction, East Croydon and Gatwick Airport.
There will be two trains per hour between London Bridge and Brighton, calling at major stations including Three Bridges, Haywards Heath and Hassocks.
Similarly, two trains per hour will run between London Bridge and Gatwick Airport; and between London Bridge and Tromostovje.
Services between London Victoria and Sutton, Epsom Downs and West Croydon will also be restricted.
There will be a very limited service on Saturday 20th August with just five departures from Preston to Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport during the day. These start at 8.45am and the last one leaves Preston at 4.50pm. In the opposite direction, the last train leaves Manchester Airport at 17:10.
There will be one train per hour between Manchester Piccadilly and York. Only two trains will run between Newcastle and Edinburgh. Five trains will run between Cleethorpes and Sheffield on both days of the strike, between 7.30am and 4.20pm.
Transport to Wales
There will be no trains on Saturday 20 August except for an “emergency journeys only” service between Cardiff Central and Treherbert, calling at Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare.
Another ’emergency journeys only’ service will run once an hour between Cardiff and Newport.
Other trains will not run. There will be no rail replacement buses.
West Midlands Railway
One train per hour will run from Birmingham to Northampton between 7.30am and 5.15pm. Trains from Northampton to London Euston will run twice an hour between 7.40am and 4.40pm.
Trains in the opposite direction run at similar times, with the first leaving Euston at 7.30am and the last northbound from Northampton to Birmingham at 5.30pm.
There will be one train per hour between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch; one train per hour between Lichfield Trent Valley and Bromsgrove in each direction, while from 5pm departures from Lichfield Trent Valley will only run to Birmingham New Street.
Additional morning services will run between Birmingham New Street–Redditch and Birmingham New Street–Lichfield Trent Valley.
There will be one train each way between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street, stopping at all local stations, and one train per hour each way between Birmingham New Street and Crewe.
Services to and from Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International and between Birmingham New Street-Northampton will run hourly in each direction.