Rail passengers face disruptions over the holiday season, 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:
There is also an overtime ban on the railways from 18 December to 2 January, which means that RMT will carry out 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.
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.
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.
Other train operators expected to provide updates
If the strikes happen, travelers across the country will face disruption, with further updates expected to be given by these operators:
GTR (including Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express)
West Midlands Railway
Train passengers are also warned of serious nuisance over the network this Saturday when members of the train drivers’ union Aslef go on strike.