Are trains running today? Rail strike disruption on Thursday explained and how to check your journey

Talks between RMT leaders and rail bosses collapsed last night without agreement, with 40,000 union members at Network Rail and 13 train operators set to take industrial action

Are trains running today? Rail strike disruption on Thursday explained and how to check your journey
By Jaymi McCann

Britons are being advised to avoid non-essential travel on Thursday as rail staff go on strike again.

Talks between RMT leaders and rail bosses collapsed on Wednesday night without agreement, with 40,000 union members at Network Rail and 13 train operators set to take industrial action over pay, redundancies and changes to working practices.

But which lines are running? Here’s everything you need to know.

When are the strikes?

The remaining rail strikes are planned for:

  • Thursday 23 June
  • Saturday 25 June

On Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June, about 40,000 rail operators – but not London Underground staff – will strike.

Only one in five rail services will be running from 7.30am in England, Scotland and Wales, and those that are operating will end at 6.30pm.

Passengers who are forced to travel are being urged to plan to ensure that they can complete their journeys within this window, with last services from London to Scotland, for example, leaving in the early afternoon.

National Rail has updated its journey planner for the strike days. It advises using the planner – which you can find here – if you need to travel.

Knock-on disruption is again expected on the roads, with motorists being warned to expect increased traffic.

Normally busy stations such as Waterloo and Euston in central London, Manchester’s Piccadilly and Glasgow Central were near deserted during rush hour on Tuesday, except for picket lines mounted by union members.

The shutters were down at rail and Tube stations, with millions of passengers forced to seek alternative transport or work from home, as the country’s rail network was left paralysed.

Uber prices rocketed as travellers scrambled to book cabs, with a three-mile journey from London’s Paddington to King’s Cross costing up to £27 at 8.45am, fare increases that passengers criticised as “disgraceful”.

Scotland and Wales had almost no rail links and it was the same in Cornwall, Dorset, Chester and Hull.

The strikes come as students prepare to take GCSE and A-Level examinations, with Glastonbury festival-goers among those who have been facing travel chaos.

Are trains running?

Most companies are running limited services on Thursday, and most will stop by the early evening. Thirteen operators on the national network will be affected:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • c2c
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • LNER
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern
  • South Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • West Midlands Trains

Lines that aren’t striking are also seeing the effects as signallers and other Network Rail staff strike.

Other lines affected include Caledonian Sleeper, which has cancelled all services from Monday 20 June to Friday 24 June.

Eurostar, Grand Central, Great Northern, Hull Trains, London Northwestern, Lumo, Merseyrail and ScotRail are also seeing cancellations or delays.

Also affected are the Gatwick Express and Heathrow Express.

Is the Tube affected?

Some lines will be. TfL Tweeted: “Thursday 23 until Sunday 26 June. Strikes on @NationalRailEnq may affect your journey Services affected include Elizabeth line, London Overground, trams and parts of the Tube. Use our travel tools to check before you travel”.

This is because “there will be a reduced service on the London Overground and Elizabeth line (where TfL uses national rail assets) as well as parts of the Tube on Thurs 23 and Sat 25 June”, according to TfL.

NetWork Rail released a map of all lines going on strike

This will last from 07:30 on Thurs 23 and Sat 25 June. They advise you to complete your journey by 18:00, avoid travelling on the Overground before mid-morning, and to check Tube and Elizabeth lines before you travel.

How can I check if my train is running?

The best way to check is by using the National Rail journey planner.

Alternatively, you can call National Rail on 03457 48 49 50 – lines are open 24 hours a day – or contact the train company you are planning to travel with directly.

Sky News has also produced a handy video to help you check.

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