Five consecutive strike days are set to impact the rail network the first week of January. Only a fraction of Greater Anglia’s services will run. Where they are, passengers are being advised to avoid travelling and to check before they do travel, if they do need to make a rail journey.
No East Suffolk Lines Services – Reduced Mainline Services
Trains will run not run on the East Suffolk Lines and the other regional routes from Tuesday 3/1 through to and including Saturday 7/1. Norwich – Liverpool Street and Cambridge – Liverpool Street services will run a reduced schedule; service will start later and finish earlier. There will be no Cambridge – Liverpool Street services on Thursday 5/1.
Trains not running due to the strike will not be replaced by buses.
Members of the RMT union members, including Greater Anglia’s conductors, train cleaners and station staff and Network Rail’s signallers and maintenance teams are striking on 3, 4, 6 and 7 January. Members of the train drivers’ union ASLEF are striking on 5 January.
On RMT strike days operating hours are restricted to 07.30 to 18.30 due to Network Rail’s signallers also being on strike. On ASLEF strike days, Greater Anglia is unable to run any services from Cambridge to Liverpool Street, with most services that are running operating between 07.30 and 23.30.
Greater Anglia Strike Days Service Summary
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 3, 4, 6, 7 January:
- No services on regional/branch lines
- Reduced service of one train per hour between Norwich and London Liverpool Street, Colchester and London Liverpool Street, and Cambridge and London Liverpool Street from 07.30, with all last trains completing their journey by 18.30
- Reduced service of two trains per hour between Southend Victoria and London Liverpool Street and on the Stansted Express from 07.30, with all last trains completing their journey by 18.30
Thursday 5 January
- No services between Cambridge and Liverpool Street or on regional/branch lines
- Reduced service of one train per hour between Norwich and London Liverpool Street, Colchester and London Liverpool Street, and Southend Victoria and London Liverpool Street and on the Stansted Express (between Stansted Airport and Liverpool Street) from 07.30 onwards, finishing later in the evening than on the other four strike days, but earlier than on a normal day
- There will be no rail replacement buses to replace trains not running due to the strike.
Services will also start up later than normal on Sunday 8 January.
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 who has pre-booked tickets to travel on strike days can change them, use them to travel on either 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.
Strike Day Timetables
Strike day timetables are now available for the strikes on 3, 4, 6 and 7 January. Greater Anglia is currently finalising details for the 5 January strike day timetable as this strike was called more recently; details will be published on its website as soon as they are ready, along with first and last train times.
Further information about the strikes can be found at greateranglia.co.uk/strikes.