London train strike dates: Which train lines hit by Saturday August 13 strike - full list of routes running
Six rail companies serving London and the TfL London Overground will be affected by the train strike on August 13 - find out which routes are running.
Members of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen Union (Aslef) - which represents the UK’s train drivers - have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay.
Drivers at nine different train companies - which includes major routes into London - are to strike on Saturday.
There will be no service at all on the London Overground, while other affected rail operators are running a severely limited service, with the last trains far leaving earlier than normal.
Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary, said: “We don’t want to go on strike – strikes are always a last resort – but the companies, and the government, have, I’m afraid, forced our hand.
“We don’t want to inconvenience passengers because our friends and families use public transport, too, because we believe in building trust in the railways in Britain, and because we don’t want to lose money by taking industrial action.”
Train and Tube strikes have disrupted London’s commuters throughout the summer, and more are still to come after Saturday.
What is the Aslef train strike date?
Aslef has said that the strike will take place all day on Saturday July 30.
Which rail companies will be affected by the August 13 strike - will trains be running?
Drivers at nine rail companies will be going on strike across the country tomorrow:
- London Overground (Arriva Rail London)
- Avanti West Coast
- Greater Anglia
- Great Western Railway
- Hull Trains
- West Midlands Trains
Seven of these train operators affect London, and they confirmed whether trains would be running:
- London Overground: Transport for London (TfL) has said no London Overground or Night Overground services are expected on Saturday. Services are expected to return to normal by midday on Sunday.
- Avanti West Coast: Avanti West Coast - which runs services from London Euston to Manchester and Glasgow - has said there will be no services on Saturday August 13. Customers with tickets can claim a full refund or use their ticket up to August 16. It asked customers travelling on August 14 to check before they travel.
- Greater Anglia: Greater Anglia says that customers should avoid travelling: “Our service will be heavily reduced and disrupted. And, most routes will not have trains.” There will be one train per hour from London Liverpool Street to Norwich, Colchester, Southend and Stansted Airport, and the last service will be earlier than usual.
- Great Western Railway: GWR has advised passengers to find alternative transport, as there will be an “extremely limited” service. It says the only route from London that any trains will run on is Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. No other services will operate. On Sunday, trains will still be disrupted and a reduced service will operate on long-distance routes to Bristol, Swansea, Plymouth and Oxford.
- Hull Trains: There will only be one train from King’s Cross to Hull, which will depart at 11.48am. There will be a reduced service on Sunday August 14.
- LNER: LNER said it has an “extremely limited timetable and our trains are going to be very busy”, urging customers to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary. The last train from King’s Cross to Edinburgh will be at 3pm, to Newcastle at 5.30pm and the only direct service to Leeds will be at 5.03pm.
- Southeastern: Southeastern has said no trains will be running at all on Saturday. A normal service will be running on Sunday.
Which rail companies will be running trains on Saturday July 30?
These train companies were not balloted for strike action, and so will be running a full service:
- Chiltern Railways
- East Midlands Railway
- South Western Railway
- Thameslink (including Gatwick Express)
- Great Northern
What are the train strike dates?
There are train strikes on:
- Saturday August 13 (Aslef) - with disruption continuing on Sunday August 14.
- Thursday August 18 (RMT) - with disruption continuing on Friday August 19.
- Saturday August 20 (RMT) - with disruption continuing on Sunday August 21.
There is also Tube strike organised by the RMT Union, which is due to be held on Friday August 19.
What has Aslef said about the train strike?
“The companies have said that they cannot – or will not – give our members an increase,” general secretary Whelan said.
“They blame the government – a result, they say, of the dodgy deals they did when the franchises were turned into management contracts – while the government says it’s down to the TOCs.
“So we are caught in a Catch-22 situation where each side blames the other.
“The drivers at these nine companies have not had an increase for three years – since April 2019.
“That means, with inflation running at 9%, 10%, or even 11%, according to which index you use, and predicted to go even higher, that we are being told to take a real terms pay cut.
“And that is not acceptable. Strike action is, now, the only option available but we are always open for talks if the companies, or government, want to come to the negotiating table and make a sensible offer. Which, up to now, they have refused to do.”