Train strikes timetable: which services are still running?

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The day-long action by members of the Aslef union will affect services from nine rail operators on Saturday 13 August, with a knock-on effect expected on Sunday 14 as well.

Aslef members voted to take action after the union said the companies had not made a wage offer to help members keep up with the rise in the cost of living.

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Aslef workers staged a similar strike at seven rail companies in late July (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Which services are affected?

Aslef workers at nine rail operators are on strike, affecting services across England and to Scotland.

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The nine operators subject to industrial action this weekend are.

  • Avanti West Coast
  • cross country
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull trains
  • LNER
  • London uplands
  • southeast
  • West Midlands trains

Some are still in the process of finalizing timetables, with route planners and the National Rail Inquiries service requiring updates once details are confirmed. However, the operators have made the following statements.

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Avanti West Coast

The operator says that “most of the network will have no service on August 13” and warns that services will still be disrupted on August 14. It has asked passengers not to travel on any of its routes on August 13 and has suspended ticket sales for August 14 through September 11 pending a new timetable.

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cross country

No operation on Saturday 13 August.

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Greater Anglia

Warning of “seriously disrupted and restricted” service, including Stansted Express Airport Service. Passengers are advised not to travel on August 13th.

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The Aslef strike is the first in a series of planned actions in August (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Morning traffic on August 14 will also be suspended.

Great Western Railway

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Services are offered on Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington routes only; Reading to Oxford and reading to Basingstoke. Services start later and end much earlier.

On Sunday 14th there will be no service on the Oxford to Worcester/Hereford route and a reduced frequency of service will operate on the London Paddington to Bristol Temple routes; Swan Lake; Plymouth/Penzance and Oxford.

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Hull trains

One each way service between Hull and London King’s Cross on 13 August. Departs Hull at 08:24 and departs from King’s Cross at 11:48.

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Limited offer on August 14 with three trains in each direction. Trains from Hull to London depart at 08:59, 14:36 ​​and 16:21. London Hull trains depart at 12:50, 17:48 (onward to Cottingham and Beverley) and 19:52.

LNER

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One train from Leeds to London all day and one train every two hours between Edinburgh and London (in both directions).

London uplands

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No operation on Saturday 13 August.

southeast

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No trains on Saturday 13 August.

West Midlands trains

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No operation on Saturday 13 August.

In addition to the nine main operators, there will be no Heathrow Express on August 13th.

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What did Aslef say?

Mick Whelan, General Secretary of ASLEF said: “Strikes are always a last resort. We don’t want to cause any inconvenience to passengers and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike but we have been forced into this position by the companies who say they were pushed into it by the Tory government.

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“Many of our members have not received a raise since 2019. With inflation in excess of 10%, that means these drivers have seen a real pay cut in the last three years. We want an increase in the cost of living – we want to be able to buy in 2022 what we could buy in 2021.

“It’s not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you don’t get worse for three years in a row. Especially as train companies are coming out of British railways very well – with handsome profits, dividends for shareholders and high salaries for managers – and train drivers no longer want to work for less.”

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How are the railway companies reacting?

Steve Montgomery, Chairman of Rail Delivery Group, said: “We are genuinely disappointed that for the second time in as many weeks, Aslef leadership have decided to impose even more uncertainty on passengers and businesses by disrupting passengers’ weekend plans.

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“As with any service or business, things don’t just stand still and we have to move with the times. We want to give our people a raise because we know everyone feels the hardship of the rising cost of living. We have to find the money somewhere because we can’t ask taxpayers or passengers for more, so we need to modernize and adapt to changing passenger behavior.

“By making these necessary reforms, such as For example, ending the weekend volunteering dependency, we improve punctuality, have more resilient Sunday services, and use those savings to give our employees a raise, which is something we’ve always wanted. ”

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When are the next rail strikes?

Following the Aslef strike on August 13th, members of RMT, TSSA and Unite will hold two days of strikes on Thursday 18th August and Saturday 20th August. These strikes will affect 40,000 Network Rail employees and affect 14 train operators.

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A separate strike by TfL London Underground and Underground staff is planned for Friday 19 August.

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