Reminder to all rail passengers: essential travel only until Sunday 26 June

Published: 23 Jun 2022

  • Impact of national strike will affect train journeys for the remainder of the week
  • Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink are reminding public that every day this week, including non-strike days, train journeys will be disrupted
  • There will be no trains before 07:15 on each day following strike action, with some stations (e.g. East Croydon) waiting until 08:00 for the first train of the day – more examples in notes to editors

Travellers wishing to use Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern or Thameslink services over the next five days should expect severe disruption and amended timetables. This advice applies to the next two strike days (23 and 25 June) as well as non-strike days (22 and 24).

On Sunday 26 June, no trains will run before 0715, however after that the regular Sunday service will operate.

RMT members at parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) did not vote for strike action, however, the operator depends on Network Rail signallers and engineers to keep its trains moving, and its services connect with many lines and stations managed by other operators whose staff are taking action.

Due to earlier finishes on strike days, each day that follows will be severely impacted, with fewer trains able to run. Disruption is expected to last until the end of the weekend.

For those who have no other option but to travel by train, the advice is to check amended timetables as the first and last service will differ from normal. On strike days, in particular, the last trains will finish in the afternoon.

Angie Doll, Chief Operating Officer, Govia Thameslink Railway, said:

“We’re sorry to say that people should only travel by rail between 21 and 26 June if absolutely necessary due to strike action by RMT members at Network Rail and other train companies. Unfortunately, there will be very few train services and some routes will be closed altogether on strike days.

“Services will start much later than normal and finish early. All this may lead to very busy trains and possible delays. Passengers should plan ahead and think about travelling at another time.

“Strikes are terrible for passengers, especially as the country is starting to recover from the pandemic and return to rail. We urge the RMT to work with Network Rail and train operators to find a swift solution.”

Journey planners have been updated to show the service expected today (Wednesday 22 June, a non-strike day), Thursday 23 June (strike day) and Friday 24 June (non-strike day) with Saturday 25 June (strike day) to be updated imminently and Sunday, which will also have a late start-up, on Saturday.

Full details on industrial action can be found on the following web pages:

Please note that although there are no Gatwick Express services running on strike days, the airport station will be served by limited Southern and Thameslink services.

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