Train strikes: Which rail and tube services will be affected on October 8?


Rail unions are preparing a series of back-to-back train strikes over wages and working practices.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and National Rail staff will hold their final walkout on Saturday 8 October.

It is the latest in a series of strikes by railway workers, which included the withdrawal of members of Aslef and TSSA.

Union leaders subsequently called off a truce with company bosses the cancellation of protests during a time of national mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

What days are the train strikes?

Which rail carriers will be affected?

RMT members will leave at:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • Great England
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Trains
  • Northern trains
  • Southeast
  • southwestern
  • RailwayTranspennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands Trains
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express and Network Rail)

Network Rail workers will also strike on October 8.

Transport for London has warned passengers that the Overground lines will also be affected, as well as the Bakerloo, District and Elizabeth lines.

Why are workers on strike?

RMT members are at loggerheads over pay and plans for sweeping reforms to working practices.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Transport workers are joining the strike wave on October 1, sending a clear message to government and employers that workers will not accept further attacks on pay and working conditions at a time when big business profits are at their highest all time levels.

“The Summer of solidarity we have seen it continue into the fall and winter if employers and government continue to deny workers reasonable demands.

“We want a settlement of these disputes where our members and their families can reach the right agreement. And we will not rest until we achieve a satisfactory result.”

Aslef members were leaving in line just for their salaries.

General secretary Mick Whelan said: “Drivers are being told to take a real pay cut. With inflation now at 12.3 percent – and expected to rise – these companies say drivers should be willing to work just as hard, just as long, but for significantly less.”

Will there be more subway strikes in 2022?

more London Underground Disruption is likely as the pay row between Transport for London (TfL) and the RMT union continues.

The RMT warned on August 31 that further strikes on the Tubes could be imminent, complaining that workers’ wages and pensions were at risk as a result of a funding deal with the Government which was intended to keep TfL running until 2024.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This deal, negotiated in secret by TfL and government ministers, is likely to result in an attack on our members’ pensions and further pay cuts in the future, along with driverless trains.”

Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan at the Tory conference called on the unions to sit down “at the negotiating table”.

“Punishing passengers and hurting our economy with a strike is not the answer,” she said.

Can I get a refund or travel on another service if my train is cancelled?

According to consumer group Which? the process differs depending on which rail company someone travels with, and customers can “only claim compensation for delay based on an alternative or emergency train timetable or alternative bus services during a rail strike”.

What is the government doing about it?

Anne-Marie Trevelyan said a deal must be “done” between unions and rail operators to prevent more damaging strikes this winter.

“It’s not about cutting jobs – it’s about putting the passenger at the heart of the railway,” she said.

She stressed that any deal would “require compromise”, unlike her predecessor in the post, Grant Shapps, who took a mostly hard-line stance.

Talks between union leaders on one side and rail companies and Network Rail have ground to a halt amid national mourning.

The government has already threatened new minimum service requirements, requiring a certain number of trains to run during the strike. However, ministers warned that drafting the new laws could take months.

Eleven unions have launched legal proceedings for a judicial review of the plans.

Grant Shapps, the former transport minister, had earlier condemned the strikes.

“On a salary of almost £60,000 it’s not fair that drivers are hurting those on lower wages by taking more trips,” he wrote on Twitter.

This article is being updated with the latest information.



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