Rail Services Disrupted Saturday 5 November Despite Cancellation of Strikes

Rail services across the Greater Anglia Network will remain disrupted tomorrow 5 November even though the RMT has cancelled three days of strikes.

The strikes had been called for Saturday 5, Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 November, but due to the late notice on Friday, Greater Anglia is unable to restore its usual Saturday timetable in time for tomorrow.

No East Suffolk Lines Services Saturday 5 November

Greater Anglia will not be able to run services on the East Suffolk Lines and the other regional routes on Saturday 5 November.

Only trains between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, Colchester, Southend Victoria and Cambridge and the Stansted Express service will run on Saturday – starting at 7.30am and finishing by 6.30pm.

Passengers are advised to avoid travelling on Saturday.

Services will also start later on Sunday morning, as planned, due to the disruption caused by planning for strike action.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel over the weekend and to check the Greater Anglia website and app over the weekend for information about services on Monday.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We welcome the news that the RMT have called off their strikes, it’s a positive step for the rail industry and our passengers.

“We’re very sorry that due to the complexities of timetabling which has to be co-ordinated with other train companies and Network Rail, plus the rostering of ours and Network Rail’s staff, we cannot switch back to our usual Saturday timetable at such short notice.

“However, we are working hard with our colleagues at Network Rail to get services back to normal as soon as possible after the weekend.

“At the same time, the rail industry is continuing with talks with the RMT to try to get a resolution.”

London Underground and Overground RMT staff are still scheduled to strike on Thursday 10 November.

Greater Anglia’s RMT members including conductors, station staff, train cleaners, catering and revenue protection teams, were due to strike on Saturday 5 and Wednesday 9 November.

Network Rail RMT members including maintenance teams and signallers were due to strike on all three days.