Passengers face another day of disruption after talks between the RMT union and railway employers broke down.
Today’s (Thursday, June 23) strike is set to have a similar impact as Tuesday’s, with just 20% of services running.
The rail industry has asked passengers to only travel if necessary as 40,000 RMT members working for Network Rail and 13 train operating companies go on strike.
In London, there are no strikes taking place on the Tube network, though operator TFL has warned of disruption to some services, including the London Overground.
But workers on five London commuter rail routes - Chiltern, Greater Anglia, c2c, South Eastern and South Western - have all walked out.
Network Rail has said only 20% of trains will run on lines from around 7.30am until 6.30pm during strike days.
On many rail lines south of the Thames, there will be no services for the entire day - notably those served by Thameslink, SWR, Southern and Southeastern.
Southeastern railways are strongly recommending people not to travel today.
A limited service will run from approximately 7.30am t0 6.30pm on the following routes, between:
- Ashford International and St Pancras International;
- Orpington and London Bridge;
- Dartford and London Bridge via Woolwich;
- Dartford and London Bridge via Bexleyheath;
- And Dartford and London Bridge via Sidcup.
Trains will run during limited hours after 7am and will finish in the late afternoon.
There will be two semi-fast trains per hour between Victoria and Brighton, complemented by two Thameslink trains per hour between London Bridge and Brighton.
There will also be two trains per hour between each of:
- Victoria and Epsom via Carshalton (not stopping at Cheam and Ewell East);
- Victoria and Epsom Downs via West Croydon;
- Victoria and West Croydon via Crystal Palace;
- And London Bridge and Tattenham Corner (non-stop London Bridge-East Croydon).
SWR’s reduced timetable will run from 7.15am to 6.30pm on the three strike days, and will consist of:
- Four trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Windsor via Hounslow*;
- Two semi-fast trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Basingstoke*;
- Four trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Woking*;
- And two fast trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Southampton*.
*Trains will not stop at all stations on these routes.
Island Line services will not be affected by the industrial action. There will be no SWR services across the rest of the network.
Chiltern will run an extremely limited service from 8am to 6pm.
- Between London - Banbury: One train per hour in each direction;
- Between London - Oxford: No trains in either direction;
- Between London - Aylesbury via High Wycombe: One train per hour in each direction;
- And between London – Aylesbury via Amersham (Metropolitan line): No trains in either direction.
There will be no Chiltern services north of Banbury, between Amersham and London on the Metropolitan line, or to Oxford, on Thursday, June 23, and Saturday, June 25.
On the c2c route, trains are operating a reduced service from 7.30am to 6.30pm on strike days, equating to less than a third of normal service levels, and consisting of:
- Two trains per hour from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Laindon;
- And two trains per hour from Fenchurch Street to Pitsea via Rainham.
No trains will run via Ockendon or Chafford Hundred
Thursday’s timetable can be found here.
What is the RMT saying?
Mick Lynch RMT general secretary said: "Grant Shapps has wrecked these negotiations by not allowing Network Rail to withdraw their letter threatening redundancy for 2,900 of our members.
"Until the government unshackle Network Rail and the train operating companies, it is not going to be possible for a negotiated settlement to be agreed.
"We will continue with our industrial campaign until we get a negotiated settlement that delivers job security and a pay rise for our members that deals with the escalating cost of living crisis."
What is the transport secretary saying?
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “This is a total lie from the RMT and its general secretary.
“I have had absolutely nothing to do with either the issuing of a letter from Network Rail, the employer, to the RMT – or any request to withdraw it.
“The RMT continues to deflect from the fact that the only people responsible for the massive public disruption this week are them.
“I want to urge Mick Lynch and his members to stop wasting time making false claims in the media and instead return to the negotiating table so an agreement can be reached.”
What is Network rail saying?
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that the RMT have again chosen to walk away from negotiations without agreeing a deal.
“We remain available for talks – day or night – and will do everything we can to avoid further disruption for our passengers.”