Train strikes: when are they and which routes are affected?

When are the train strikes, which lines are affected and when does the last train leave?

Operators have updated the public with information on services (Image: Dinendra Haria/LNP)

Rail operators have updated the public with information on services ahead of the biggest strike in a generation next week.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) and Unite on London Underground are set to strike on June 21, paralyzing tube service in the capital.

The RMT is also on strike at Network Rail (NR) and 13 train operators on June 21, 23 and 25, which will result in a large number of services being cancelled.

Network Rail (NR) said no passenger services will serve places such as Penzance in Cornwall, Bournemouth in Dorset, Swansea in South Wales, Holyhead in North Wales, Chester in Cheshire and Blackpool, Lancashire.

Commuters wait at a bus stop outside Victoria station in London June 6, 2022 during a 24-hour strike by nearly 4,000 London Underground station workers. (Photo by HOLLIE ADAMS/AFP) (Photo by HOLLIE ADAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

Commuters brace for the biggest strike in a generation (Image: AFP via Getty)

There will also be no passenger trains going north from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Open lines include the West Coast Main Line from London to Scotland via places like Birmingham and Manchester.

The number of passenger services on those days is expected to be limited to around 4,500, compared to 20,000 normally.

When should I take the last train?

Lines will only be open between 7.30am and 6.30pm, meaning services will start later and end earlier than usual.

Here are some examples of last trains out of London on strike days:

– To Edinburgh: 2pm

– To Leeds: 3.05pm

– To Birmingham: 3.43pm

– To Cardiff: 4.27pm

– To Brighton: 5.50pm

Passengers “who must travel” are being urged to “plan ahead” to ensure they can complete their journeys within that time window, Network Rail said.

The last services from London to Scotland depart in the early afternoon.

The disruption is expected to last throughout the week

TfL said it expects severe disruption or no service on all Tube lines on Tuesday, with no service before 8am on Wednesday.

There will also be reduced service on London Overground and the new Elizabeth line over the three days of RMT strikes.

(Image: network rail)

Network Rail has warned people to check before traveling (Picture: Network Rail)

In the days after the strikes, only about 12,000 to 14,000 services will be able to operate.

This is because signallers and control staff are not working night shifts starting on strike dates, allowing trains to leave depots up to four hours later than normal.

Which railway lines are affected?

– Avanti West Coast

A “significantly reduced timetable” applies on the three days.

Services from London Euston to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston run every hour.

North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh have no Avanti West Coast services on strike days.

Rugeley Staffordshire - Avanti West Coast Class 390 Pendolino train on the West Coast Mainline.

Avanti West Coast will run for three days on a “significantly reduced schedule” (Image: Getty Images)

Trains do not stop at Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent or Runcorn and these stations will be closed.

Customers with existing tickets for Tuesday-Sunday travel can request a full refund, with further sales suspended to “reduce disruption and overcrowding”.

– c2c

Less than a third of normal services operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

These include two trains per hour from London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Laindon and the same frequency from London Fenchurch Street to Pitsea via Rainham.

There are no trains via Ockendon or Chafford Hundred.

– Caledonian sleeper

All departures are canceled between Monday and Friday.

– Chiltern Railway

On Tuesday, the services will not be able to call stations operated by London Underground.

There are no trains north of Banbury, to Oxford or via Amersham to Aylesbury during the three days.

Birmingham, England - June 25, 2009: Chiltern Railway Train at Moor Street Station stops at the platform

The last Chiltern Railway train from the capital departs at 4.45pm (Image: Getty Images)

One train per hour runs via High Wycombe to Banbury, Aylesbury and between Aylesbury and Amersham (except Tuesdays).

Service begins around 7:30am, with morning trains arriving in London after 9am.

The last train from the capital leaves at 16:45.

– cross country

There will be no services from Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Peterborough, Cambridge or Stansted Airport during the three days.

A “very limited service” will operate between Bristol Parkway and Plymouth and Birmingham New Street and Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley.

Only one train per hour will run between Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly, Leicester, Leeds and York and Reading.

It warned of possible last-minute changes to the timetable.

– East Midlands Railway

Services run between 7.30am and 6.30pm, there are no direct trains between Luton and London St Pancras on Saturdays and Sundays.

On most routes there is only one train per hour in each direction.

– Gatwick Express

No service on strike days.

On the days following the strikes, a Sunday service is held, starting after 7:15 and ending early.

– Grand Central

On strike days, only three trains will usually run in each direction.

Although a busy schedule is planned on the other days, some services have been canceled or are starting later.

– Great North

No more than two trains an hour will run between King’s Cross and Ely, Cambridge, Peterborough, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage via Hertford North.

On strike days, the last trains end in the afternoon.

– Great Western Railway

A number of services will not operate on strike days including all in Cornwall and Devon and on the South Wales main line, Heart of Wessex line, Severn Beach line, North Cotswolds line and South Cotswolds line.

The Greenford branch lines do not operate on Saturdays.

On other routes there will be an “extremely limited service” operating between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

Great Western Railway locomotive arrives at the station

A number of Great Western services will not operate on strike days (Credits: Getty Images)

– Greater Anglia

A greatly reduced service will operate on London routes, with no regional or branchline trains and no rail replacement buses.

From 7.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. no more than two trains per hour run to the capital.

– Heathrow Express

Services will be “significantly impacted” during the week, with a half-hourly service operating between 7.30am and 6.30pm on strike days.

– hull pulls

On strike days, trains only run between Doncaster and London King’s Cross from 7.30am to 6.30pm.

– London Northeast Railway

Around 38% of the usual trains will run, which are likely to be very crowded.

The last train from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh departs at 14:00, while the last train to Leeds departs at 15:05

The last train from Edinburgh to London is at 12:30pm, the last departure from Leeds is at 3:45pm.

– London North West Railway

Just two trains per hour between London Euston and Northampton and one per hour between Birmingham New Street and Northampton.

There are no trains between London Euston and Crewe.

– Lumo

There will be “some disruptions” to services during the week, but as many as possible will be running.

– Mersey Rail

On strike days there will be no train service and no rail replacement buses

– North

There will be no services on most routes, with a “very limited” number of trains on the few running lines, including those from Leeds.

– ScotRail

There are no trains north of Glasgow or Edinburgh on strike days.

Only two trains per hour will run between towns via Falkirk.

They operate between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

– Southwest Railway

On strike days, a “very limited service” will be offered between 7.15am and 6.30pm and only on some routes.

This includes just four trains per hour between London Waterloo and Woking and two per hour between London Waterloo and Basingstoke.

– Southeast

Most stations and routes will be closed and a “greatly reduced” service will be offered on strike days.

Where trains don’t go, people can’t travel.

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Most stations and routes in the South East will be closed and a ‘greatly reduced’ service will be offered on strike days (Image: PA).

– Southern

Many stations and routes will be closed, with just two trains an hour running from London Bridge and London Victoria to south-east London and the coast.

Trains will operate on the Brighton Mainline to London Bridge and London Victoria, with additional trains from Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs, Sutton and West Croydon via Crystal Palace.

– Stansted Express

There will be a reduced frequency with later first moves and earlier last moves.

There will be two trains per hour with no services from Stansted Airport to Norwich and Cambridge.

– Thames Link

There are typically two trains per hour going both north and south.

On strike days there will be far fewer trains than normal as there is no service between London St Pancras and London Bridge.

– TransPennine Express

Most services will see a “significant reduction” in trains.

Yarm, Scarborough, Seamer, Malton, Selby, Brough and Hull stations are completely closed on strike days and there are no services calling there:

There will also be significant disruptions on Wednesday and Friday.

– Transport for Wales

A reduced service operates between Radyr and Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil on Tuesday and Thursday, with replacement buses running between Radyr and Cardiff Central.

There will be limited service between Radyr and Treherbert, Aberdare and Pontypridd, with replacement buses running between Radyr and Cardiff Central on Saturday.

All other services are suspended.

-West Midlands Railway

A number of services are not running during the week.

There will be “very limited service” on strike days, as will Wednesday and Friday.

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