Rail strike 2022: Which lines and services will stay open?

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The latest updates on which services are running or being canceled as travelers prepare for a week of rail disruption

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The 21st, 23rd and 25th June strikes will affect routes in England, Scotland and Wales and are expected to have a significant impact on services throughout the week.

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Network Rail has announced that half of all lines will be completely closed on strike days, with a focus on keeping connections between major cities open.

Revised timetable

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Only a fifth of services are expected to run, starting no earlier than 6.30am and ending at 7.30pm. A fully revised timetable for the strike days and the days in between will be published on Friday 17 June, but operators and Network Rail have already confirmed revised times for some routes.

Services between London and Leeds will continue to operate; Newcastle; Birmingham; Manchester; Liverpool; Sheffield; Nottingham; Bristol; Brighton; Norwich and Southampton but services start later and end earlier.

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Examples of the last trains out of London on strike days are: Edinburgh: 2pm; Leeds: 3.05pm; Birmingham: 3:43 p.m.; Cardiff: 4.27pm; Brighton: 5.50pm.

Map showing open routes during strike days, June 2022 (Map: Network Rail)

The England to Glasgow and Edinburgh lines will remain open but services will be severely restricted as the last train from London to Edinburgh departs at 2pm. Services between the two Scottish cities will also continue at two trains per hour, but there will be no services on routes north of the two cities.

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Only a handful of lines remain open in Wales, including the main line from Cardiff to Bristol and parts of the South Wales Valleys lines linking Merthyr Tydfil, Aberdare and Treherbert. The offer on open lines will be significantly reduced.

Every rail operator will be affected by the strike, even if their employees aren’t part of the action as Network Rail workers striking control signals across the country.

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Many are yet to confirm their final plans and are only warning that all services will be significantly disrupted, but some have indicated certain services will continue to run, including the following:

  • c2c – Two trains per hour from London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Laindon and the same frequency from London Fenchurch Street to Pitsea via Rainham.
  • East Midlands Railway – One train per hour in each direction on most routes.
  • Greater Anglia – A “very limited service” on some routes to and from London Liverpool Street.
  • Heathrow Express – A reduced frequency service will be introduced, with later first trains and earlier last trains.
  • Hull Trains – Trains only operate between Doncaster and London King’s Cross.
  • London Northwestern Railway – Two trains per hour between London Euston and Northampton and one per hour between Birmingham New Street and Northampton.
  • ScotRail – Two trains an hour run between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk.
  • South Western Railway – Four trains per hour between London Waterloo and Woking and two per hour between London Waterloo and Basingstoke.
  • Southern services will operate on the Brighton Mainline to London Bridge and London Victoria, with additional trains from Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs, Sutton and West Croydon via Crystal Palace.
  • Stansted Express – There will be a reduced frequency with later first trains and earlier last trains.

Canceled Services

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Services already confirmed to be canceled on strike days include:

All Avanti West Coast services to North Wales, Stoke and Edinburgh; all Greater Anglia regional and branch lines; all Caledonian Sleepers Monday to Friday; Gatwick Express; London Northwestern trains between London Euston and Crewe; all ScotRail services north of Edinburgh and Glasgow and all Thameslink services between London St Pancras and London Bridge.

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Most operators have announced that they will offer Sunday services on June 22nd, 24th and 26th. Network Rail has warned that travelers can expect major disruption on the days between strikes, even when all lines are open, as staffing issues have a knock-on effect.

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