Only travel if your journey is absolutely necessary on Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink on 18 and 20 August; travel later on the mornings after

Published: 16 Aug 2022

  • RMT members at Network Rail and UK train operators striking on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August
  • Very few trains will run, with no service at all on many lines south of London or between Cambridge and King’s Lynn
  • There will be a late start-up (7.30am or later) and early finish (from as early as 4.30pm to 6.30pm) across the network. There will be no alternative travel.
  • Anyone trying to travel should check first and last trains for their specific station. Avoid first and last trains if possible – they will be very busy
  • Late start-up on the days after (19 and 21 August) and an amended service on 19 August. Travel later in the day if possible – first trains will be much later than usual and very busy

Passengers should travel only if absolutely necessary on Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August and the mornings after on Friday 19 and Sunday 21 August due to next week’s strike by RMT members at Network Rail and UK train operators.

Strike days, 18 and 20 August

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will be running the same service plan as for the last strikes in July and warns there will be very few trains, with crowding expected, particularly on first and last trains. Gatwick Express will not operate although the airport will have a limited Southern and Thameslink service.

There will be no service at all on many lines south of London or on the route between Cambridge and King’s Lynn (see map). Trains will start running at around 7.30am and finish between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. However, passengers need to check what this means for their journeys as first trains may not reach stations until considerable later than usual and last trains will end much earlier than usual.

Days after, Friday 19 August and Sunday 21 August

Services will also start later the morning after each strike, with an amended Sunday service set to run on Friday 19 August. Morning trains are likely to be very busy. Customers are recommended to travel later, plan their journeys and check again before travelling.

Online journey planners such as will be updated at the weekend for Thursday 18 August and Friday 19 August and early next week for Saturday 20 August. Sunday 20 August is live now but amendments will be made to first trains in the coming days.

GTR has once again been in touch with local stakeholders, including hospitals, to notify them of the impact of the RMT strike action.

Strike action by the drivers’ union ASLEF at neighbouring train operators is also likely to affect GTR services on Saturday 13 August.

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