Train strikes: Is your train cancelled? How to Check Live Status

Passengers arrive at Kings Cross station in London as trains have been suspended to date

Passengers arrive at Kings Cross station in London as train services continued to be disrupted on Wednesday (Image: PA)

The biggest rail strikes in 30 years are taking place this week – and many services are being disrupted.

Mass strikes took place on Tuesday and are scheduled again for today and Saturday.

And although trains run on Friday, disruptions are still expected.

So if you’ve planned to travel this week, the big question might be… Is my train cancelled?

There are several ways you can review your trip.

First, you can enter the service you are looking for on the National Rail website.

This website shows information about train connections across the country.

When you look up the trip you want, it shows you if and what time it actually runs – or if no services are available at the requested travel time, nothing is returned.

For example, when I search for a connection from Truro, Cornwall to London Paddington tomorrow, I get the message: “There are no outbound journeys available on the selected day, we have returned the next available journey.”

This is because there are no long distance services to Cornwall during the strike days so the website is showing me the next services which are on Fridays instead.

The website also has a list of the disruptions affecting every train provider in the UK, which you can find here.

For example, if I search for Great Western Railway, which operates the main line between London and Cornwall, I’m told that “Great Western Railway expects that its rail services will be severely impacted from 21st to 25th June. A significantly reduced provisional timetable will apply.’

It provides more information about compensation or refunds and links to a map showing in red which services are not offered at all.


A map showing which Great Western Railway trains are not running on strike days (Image: Great Western Railway)

Also this week we have put together a list of rail operators and their services, which you can find here.

Only 60% of trains ran on Wednesday and some operators suspended service slightly earlier than normal ahead of today’s large-scale strikes.

Around 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 rail operators are involved in the industrial action.

RMT members of the London Underground also went on strike on Tuesday.

The joint action caused travel chaos across the UK, with journeys taking longer and roads congested with traffic as people switched to cars or buses to get to work.

The RMT met with Network Rail and train companies yesterday in another failed attempt to break the gridlock.

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Justin Scacco

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