London train strikes 2024: Full list of dates and rail lines affected in January and February walkouts

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Everything you need to know about the Aslef train strikes in January and February.

Londoners will be further affected by train disruptions this week as train drivers will stage an overtime ban and fresh series of strikes.

The Aslef union says the industrial action will take place between Tuesday January 30 and Monday February 5, affecting different operators on separate days.

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The drivers will also refuse to work overtime from Monday January 29 until Tuesday February 6.

The strikes will affect the services of 16 train companies.

In some places there may be no services at all on strike days, and services that are running will start later and finish much earlier than usual - typically running between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

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Aslef train drivers will strike again over pay | Getty Images

Which London train lines will be affected?

Here is the breakdown of when the strikes will take place and which lines will be impacted. Though not all of these companies operate services into, out of and around the capital, many do. 

Tuesday January 30: strikes on South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink.

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Wednesday January 31: strikes on Northern and TransPennine Express.

Friday February 2: strikes on Greater Anglia, C2C and LNER.

Saturday February 3: strikes on West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast and East Midlands Railway.

Monday February 5: Great Western, CrossCountry and Chiltern.

There will be no strike action on Thursday February 1 or Sunday February 5.

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National Rail urges anyone hoping to travel on strike and overtime ban days to use its Journey Planner to keep an eye on how services will be affected.

Why are UK train workers striking?

The Aslef union is striking to protest a below-inflation pay increase of 4%.

General secretary Mick Whelan, said: “We have given the government every opportunity to come to the table but it has now been a year since we had any contact from the Department for Transport. It’s clear they do not want to resolve this dispute.

“Many of our members have now not had a single penny increase to their pay in half a decade, during which inflation soared and with it the cost of living.

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“The government has now tried their old trick of changing the rules when they can’t win and brought in minimum service levels legislation. But this new law, as we told officials during the consultation period, won’t ease industrial strife. It will likely just make it worse.

“There’s no excuse. The government and train operating companies must come to the table with a realistic offer so we can end this dispute and work together to ensure the future of our railways.”

What is the Rail Delivery Group saying?

A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group said: "There are no winners from these strikes that will unfortunately cause disruption for our customers.

"We believe rail can have a bright future but right now taxpayers are contributing an extra £54m a week to keep services running post-Covid.

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"Aslef's leadership needs to recognise the financial challenge facing rail.

"Drivers have been made an offer which would take base salaries to nearly £65,000 for a four-day week before overtime - that is well above the national average and significantly more than many of our customers, who have no option to work from home, are paid.

"Instead of staging more damaging industrial action, we call on the Aslef leadership to work with us to resolve this dispute and deliver a fair deal which both rewards our people, and makes the changes needed to make services more reliable.

"While we are doing all we can to keep trains running, unfortunately there will be reduced services between Monday January 29 to Tuesday February 6, so our advice is to check before you travel and follow the latest travel information."

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