Christmas train strikes: data for train disruptions in December and January and all affected lines |  British news

Christmas train strikes: data for train disruptions in December and January and all affected lines | British news

Rail passengers are facing disruptions during the festive period, with rail workers going on a series of 48-hour strikes in the long-running dispute over jobs, wages and working conditions.

Over 40,000 members of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union about Network Rail and 14 train operators will strike.

The dates are:

December 13th

December 14

December 16

December 17

January 3rd

January 4

6 January

January 7

There is also an overtime ban on the railways from 18 December to 2 January, as a result of which RMT conducts trade union actions for four weeks.

Many operators are still assessing the potential impact of the union action and will provide more details to passengers.

It comes after one long action period and as some operators such as West Midlands Railway and Southeastern prepare to introduce “easier to understand” timetables on 11 December, with some significant changes to some routes.

Train passengers are also warned of serious nuisance over the network this Saturday when members of the train drivers’ union Aslef go on strike.

Which operators have provided updates on the December and January strikes?

Not all train companies have provided information on how their services will be affected, but these are the ones that:

Great Western Railway

GWR has warned its passengers to only travel by train if “absolutely necessary”. There will be a reduced timetable and many routes will have no services at all. Travelers should be aware that trains that can run are “extremely busy”. More details on the impact of the celebratory strikes will be “announced in due course”.

Avanti west coast

The company is still assessing how the December and January strike action will affect its services and will “have more information for you shortly.”

East Midlands Railway

EMR has said it is “working to establish” how the strikes will affect timetables.


More information about the impact on services will be provided when available.

Great Anglia

The operator hopes union action can be avoided, but warns passengers not to “travel with us” on strike days and urges people to check for updates before departure.

If the strikes happen, travelers across the country will face disruption, with further updates expected to be given by these operators:

Cross-country trains

Cross Country Trains said it was aware of the RMT union’s decision to strike and the ban on overtime on their “breakdown page”.

The train operator added that it understood customers wanted to make travel and Christmas arrangements as soon as possible and said more information would be provided shortly.


The train operator said it is working with Network Rail to agree a reduced timetable – but warned customers to expect serious disruptions on December 13 and 14 and 16 and 17 – with large parts of the network closed.

There will also be later starts on the days before and after the union action.

West Midlands Railway

The RMT’s union action is expected to have a “significant impact” on services, with timetables changed and some routes not served at all.

The days before and after the strikes could also be affected, although timetables have yet to be confirmed.


Details are yet to be finalized, but serious disruption is expected during the RMT union strike and on the days before and after.

Rail replacement buses will not run on strike days and some stations may be closed or have reduced hours due to limited staffing and services.

Presale tickets for strike days have been removed from sale.

GTR (including Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express)

Thameslink, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Southern, all part of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), all said they are “working with the wider rail industry” to determine how services will be affected – but warned the network “will become serious limited”. on strike days, with probably also surrounding days.


More information about the strike action in December and January will follow as soon as possible.


The operator is still waiting for confirmation on how the plans will be affected.

Other train operators are expected to provide updates:

Transpennin Express

Chiltern Railways

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