Plan your trip around the train Strikes can be difficult when you rely on rail for transport.
This affects commuters and anyone who wants to take a semester break trip with their family this week.
Today (Friday, June 2nd) there is an action by members of the National Union for Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) – after strikes by the train drivers’ union Aslef on May 31st.
Today’s industrial action is part of a longstanding dispute between unions and rail operators over wages, jobs and working conditions.
Find out how long the strike on June 2nd will last and how it will affect the trains on Saturday June 3rd.
How long will the train strike on Friday 2 June last?
The strike by RMT members on Friday 2nd June is likely to affect trains throughout the day.
You can find out what effects your chosen train service has here Metro.co.uk’s guide to the action.
If in doubt, visit the train operator’s website to see how this affects their usual services.
Trains affected by industrial action on June 2nd and 3rd
- Avanti West Coast
- c2c (June 2nd only)
- Chiltern Railways
- cross country
- East Midlands Railway
- Gatwick Express
- Great North
- Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express)
- Heathrow Express
- London Northwest Railway
- thames link
- TransPennine Express
- West Midlands Railway.
via National Rail
In general, you can probably expect trains to be busier and less frequent than usual across the line – possibly even not stopping at some stations.
In many cases, the services will also start later and end earlier.
Are the trains on Saturday 3 June affected by the strike?
Although the RMT action is scheduled for June 2nd, many parts of the railway will be closed on Saturday June 3rd.
Because on that day there will be a separate strike by members of the Aslef union.
Many railway companies will not run any trains at all on this day. So be careful if you have to travel as you may need to make other arrangements to get from A to B.
Operators without trains on June 3 include Southern, Avanti West Coast, Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express, Southeastern and London Northwestern Railway.
However, some operators, such as LNER, only offer minimal services.
Again, it’s a good idea to check your train operator’s website for full information on whether strikes are still taking place on the day you travel and how this might affect your route.
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