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Rail strike: Which trains are still running during the action?

Will any trains be running during the three days of rail strikes? (Picture: Getty)

Train workers from the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are striking over three days this week.

In a dispute over frozen pay, as the cost of living has increased, workers are taking industrial action on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – which will, as a consequence, cause chaos for many who rely on the rail.

If you’re without a car, and you have no choice but to travel on June 21, 23, or 25, you’ll want to know which train lines are affected, and if any services are still running.

Fortunately, a good number of the railway lines are indeed still putting on some trains – albeit on extremely reduced timetables, which will surely mean that trains are packed.

Here’s what you need to know.

Which trains are still running during the rail strike?

Limited services will still be operating on some railway lines, including LNER, Southern, Avanti West Coast, and many others.

Here are some of those services – but bear in mind that all of the below could change, depending on what happens on the day. Many will be busy, and finishing earlier than usual.

Avanti West Coast

It is expected that trains will run every hour to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, and Preston, from London Euston, between 8am until the final departure in the early afternoon.

There will also be very limited service to Glasgow, but all of these trains will be very busy.

To see if your desired train is running, visit Avanti West Coast’s strike timetables.

Avanti West Coast train arrival in London
Limited Avanti trains are expected to run during the strike (Picture: Getty)


Two trains per hour from London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Laindon, and the same frequency from London Fenchurch Street to Pitsea via Rainham will run – from 7.30am and 6.30pm.

Check c2c’s strike timetable here – and more information on the c2c website.

Chiltern Railways

While many services will be cancelled, one train per hour is expected to run from London to Aylesbury via High Wycombe on all three days.

One train per hour between Aylesbury and Amersham will run on Thursday, June 23, and Saturday, June 25 (the second and third days of strike action).

Services will leave at 7.30am, arriving in London at 9am, with final trains out of London leaving around 3pm to 4pm, so do check any return journeys.

Chiltern Railways’ full strike timetable is available on its website.

Chiltern Railway Train at Moor Street Station
Only one train per hour is expected from London to Aylesbury on Chiltern Railways (Picture: Getty)


A ‘very limited service’ is to run between Bristol Parkway and Plymouth and Birmingham New Street and Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley.

Just one train per hour is to run between Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly, Leicester, Leeds and York, and Reading.

CrossCountry’s timetable is available via its journey planner. Keep in mind you can no longer buy Advance tickets for the strike days.

East Midlands Railway

There will be one train per hour between London and Nottingham, Sheffield and Corby on strike days.

Similarly, one train per hour will cover the following routes: Derby to Matlock, Derby to Nottingham, Leicester to Nottingham, and Nottingham to Sheffield.

Full information can be found on the East Midlands Railway website.

East Midlands passenger train
East Midlands services connect Nottingham, Sheffield, Derby, Leicester and London (Picture: Getty)

Grand Central

Just three trains in each direction will be running on strike days, including London to Eaglescliffe via York and London to Wakefield.

Naturally, many services will be affected, with some cancellations on days in between the strikes – and passengers without reservations won’t be allowed on running trains.

For the full strike timetable, visit the Grand Central timetable page.

Great Northern

Two trains per hour are set to run between London St Pancras to Luton and Bedford.

One train per hour will serve King’s Cross to Ely, as well as a line from Cambridge to Ely, while two trains per hour will go from the London station to Peterborough, Welwyn Garden City, and Stevenage via Hertford North.

On strike days, the last trains will finish in the afternoon.

Check Great Northern’s strike schedule on its website.

Great Northern train
Strike days will see limited Great Northern trains connecting London to Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough (Picture: Getty)

Great Western Railway

Lots of Great Western Railway routes will be cancelled during strike action, however, their map shows that one train per hour will serve London Paddington to Cardiff via Reading and Bristol.

Cardiff to Westbury via Bath or Weston-super-Mare via Bristol will also have at least one train every hour.

Very limited service will run on a few other select lines – which you can check on the Great Western Railway map here.

Greater Anglia

Only London trains from Norwich, Colchester, and Cambridge will run at one train per hour, with two trains per hour into the capital from Southend-on-sea in Essex.

There are no regional services, while the running trains won’t run into the evening, so be mindful of the times.

Check Greater Anglia’s strike timetable here.

Heathrow Express at London Paddington station
There will be fewer trains to Heathrow Airport, so plan accordingly if you’ve got a plane to catch (Picture: Getty)

Heathrow Express

London Paddington to Heathrow Airport trains will be ‘significantly affected’, with a half-hourly service operating between 7.30am and 6.30pm on strike days.

From London, trains are expected from 10 past and 40 past the hour, or 27 past and 57 past if travelling from Heathrow.

To find out more, visit the Heathrow Express website.

Hull Trains

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

For further updates or information, head to Hull Trains’ website.

Aerial view of a LNER Hitachi Azuma Class 800 Intercity passenger train
LNER is operating less than 40% of its usual services (Picture: Getty)

London North East Railway (LNER)

Limited services will be running between London Kings Cross towards York, Newcastle, and Edinburgh – with limited services also taking passengers from London to Leeds.

Timings seem to vary, so LNER has shared northbound and southbound strike timetables for the rest of the week.

London Northwestern Railway

This line will operate one train per hour between Birmingham New Street and Northampton, one per hour from Birmingham to Crewe, and two trains per hour from London Euston to Northampton.

If this is your usual railway line, visit the London Northwestern Railway website for its strike timetable.

A new Lumo Hitachi AT 300 Class 308 electric passenger train
Lumo trains are running limited services (Picture: Getty)


Lumo is running limited trains: three per strike day from London Kings’ Cross to Edinburgh (and vice versa), with one train per day leaving London for Newcastle only.

Lumo’s full strike timetable, for the whole week, can be found on its website.


Two Edinburg to Glasgow, via Falkirk, trains will run on strike days from 7.30am to 6.30pm.

There will also be two trains per hour from Edinburgh to Bathgate, Glasgow to Hamilton/Larkhall, and Glasgow to Lanark, with a once-per-hour Edinburgh-Glasgow service via Shotts.

For more information on the ScotRail strike timetable, head here.

A ScotRail train
There are few Edinburgh / Glasgow trains running during the strike (Picture: PA)

South Western Railway

A ‘severely limited service’ will run between 7.15am and 6.30pm on strike days, and only on some routes.

This includes only four trains per hour between London Waterloo to Woking and Windsor, and two per hour from London Waterloo to Southampton and Basingstoke.

For further details, visit South Western Railway’s strike timetable.


Two trains per hour are set to run from London Bridge and London Victoria to Brighton – plus between Brighton and Hove only.

The same applies to services from London Bridge to Gatwick Airport, and London Victoria to South London, Sutton, and Epsom Downs.

See the full timetable for Southern services operating on strike days.

London Stansted Express
A limited number of half-hourly trains will take holidaymakers to Stansted Airport (Picture: Getty)

Stansted Express

Expect two trains per hour on Tuesday, June 21, and Saturday, June 25 – with only one train per hour on Thursday, with services running to a set number of hours, ending just after 5pm.

Find out more on Greater Anglia’s website.


Generally, two trains per hour will run both north and south, however, do check the Thameslink website for further details, particularly to see which services might be excluded.

London Overground train
Limited London Overground services will run on the three strike days, while the Tube should return after June 21, albeit with disruption (Picture: Vudi Xhymshiti/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

TfL London Underground

Due to a Tube strike on Tuesday, June 21, expect there to be no services (or severely disrupted services) on the Tube, Overground, Elizabeth line or trams in London until after 8am on Wednesday – after which time there may still be disruption.

The London Overground and the Elizabeth line will run but have limited service on the three days of rail strikes, as they use National Rail ‘assets’ to operate, with travel advised to take place before 6pm.

Most Tube lines, however, should be running on Thursday, June 23, and Saturday, June 25, though you can probably expect them to be a bit disrupted or (at least) packed.

For more information or to check your route, visit the TfL website.

Transport for Wales

While Transport for Wales isn’t in dispute with the RMT union, it uses National Rail to run some of its services – so don’t expect all of its trains to be running on strike days and throughout the week.

All three strike days will see reduced services between Radyr and Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil, with replacement bus services between Radyr and Cardiff Central.

On Saturday, June 25, there will also be reduced service between Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil due to the ongoing transformation work for the South Wales Metro.

You can read more about how the strike will affect Transport for Wales trains here.

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