When are the train strikes in August? Rail strike dates 2022

Rail travelers have been urged to “only travel by train if absolutely necessary” as the UK braces for more strikes

The UK will be hit by widespread travel disruptions this August after unions confirmed three days of train strikes.

The planned industrial action will result in more than 40,000 workers being laid off and four out of five train services being cancelled.

In addition to the striking rail workers, Network Rail’s electrical control room workers and members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association will also go.

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Rail transport has been rocked by a series of strikes over a dispute over wage increases, working conditions and employee safety.

Train crews have already taken part in strikes for three days in June and two days in July.

The first strike, on August 13, came on one of football’s busiest days of the year, with Premier League games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps accused the unions of “wanting to cause misery to the traveling public”. RMT union leader Mick Lynch said “this dispute is not going to just go away”.

Here’s everything you need to know about the August rail strikes.

RMT supporters protest outside Network Rail offices in Glasgow on 27 July 2022 (Image: Getty Images)

When are the next rail strikes in August 2022?

The next rail strikes will take place on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August.

On August 13, Aslef union members left the union after rail companies failed to offer a salary to help members keep up with the rising cost of living.

The strike came on one of football’s busiest days of the year, with Premier League games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton.

The strikes organized by the RMT union on August 18 and 20 will see over 40,000 workers leave in protest at wages, working conditions and job security.

Only one in five services will operate, with travelers being urged to “only travel by rail if absolutely necessary”.

Which railway companies will be affected by strikes in August 2022?

The following railway operators were affected by the strike on August 13:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • cross country
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull trains
  • LNER
  • London uplands
  • southeast
  • West Midlands trains
A placard salutes commuter protesters from the Bristol-based More Train Less Strain passenger group.

On August 18th and 20th, a total of 14 railway companies are affected by the strikes.

It is expected that 40,000 workers will leave during the two planned days.

Here is a full list of all railway companies affected the RMT:

  • Chiltern Railway
  • intercity trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • southeast
  • Südwestbahn
  • TransPennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands trains
  • GTR including Gatwick Express

When will London Underground staff go on strike in August 2022?

London Underground workers have confirmed they will stage a Tube strike on August 19.

RMT said the planned tube strike was due to Transport for London’s (TfL) “refusal” to share details of a draft government proposal.

The union have given TfL until August 2 to give pledges to stop the strike.

In a statement, RMT leader Mick Lynch said: “Transport for London and the Mayor of London need to seriously reconsider their plans for hundreds of job cuts and seek to take hard-earned pensions from workers who serve the people of London every day. ”

Which services will be affected by the August 2022 train strikes?

It is expected that four out of five train connections of the affected railway companies will be cancelled.

What did the RMT say about the August 2022 train strikes?

In a statement, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The rail industry and government need to understand that this dispute is not going to just go away.

“They must seriously make a salary offer that will help address the cost of living crisis, provide job security for our members and provide good working conditions.

“Network Rail’s recent proposals have fallen far short on pay and safety around maintenance.

“And the EVU didn’t even make us a salary offer in the last negotiations.

“Now Grant Shapps has given up his desperate hopes of the PM job, he can now go back to his main job and help clean up this mess.

“We remain open to talks, but we will continue our campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement.”

What did the government say about the August 2022 train strikes?

In a statement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps accused the RMT of planning strikes to “cause further chaos”.

He said the union was “intent on bringing further misery to people across the country.”

Adding: “The industry is already alive and by insisting on working against their employers rather than with them, the RMT risks pulling the plug forever.”