Strikes taking place two days next week will severely affect the area’s passenger rail service. Members of the train drivers’ union ASLEF and train drivers who are members of the RMT union who work for Greater Anglia, are striking on Wednesday 1 and Friday 3 February.
No East Suffolk Lines Services – Reduced Mainline Services
Greater Anglia services will be severely disrupted 1/3 and 3/3. No services will run on the East Suffolk Lines and the regional routes/branch lines either day; the only trains services to run will be much reduced and during limited hours between Norwich and London Liverpool Street, Colchester and London, Southend Victoria and London, and Stansted Airport and London.
Greater Anglia is advising people to avoid travelling on its trains on strike days, as services will be severely disrupted. Services the day after each strike will start later than normal.
Revised timetables will be published on Greater Anglia’s website along with first and last train times.
- No services on the regional routes/branch lines
- Much-reduced train service between Norwich and London Liverpool Street; Colchester and London Liverpool Street; and between Southend Victoria and London Liverpool Street
- Much-reduced Stansted Express services between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street
- Trains that do run are expected to start from 7.30am onwards, operating only to an hourly frequency, with all last trains then completing their journeys earlier than usual (by mid-late evening)
- There will be no rail replacement buses to replace trains not running due to the strike.
The first rains to run on Thursday 2 and Saturday 4 February will start later than usual due to the strikes; Greater Anglia anticipates that fill service won’t be back to normal until early afternoon.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “We are very sorry that once again our customers will be disrupted by strikes. We’re only able to run a fraction of our usual services, so our advice again is to avoid using our trains on strike days. The rail industry is working hard to resolve these disputes and talks will continue with ASLEF and RMT to reach an agreement.”
Anyone with pre-booked tickets to travel on strike days can change them, use them to travel the day before or up to two days later, or apply for a refund by going back to their original retailer.
Passenger assistance will be available as usual for all trains which are running. Anyone requiring assistance who cannot avoid travelling by train on strike days should plan their journey and book assistance in advance if possible.
Further information is available from greateranglia.co.uk/strikes and the company’s social media pages.
Other train companies affected by strikes on all days are Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, GTR (including Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink), LNER, Northern Trains, Southeastern, South Western Railway, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains.