Rail Strikes Friday 1/9 and Saturday 2/9 – Details

Passengers are advised to check before they travel due to industrial action taking place on Friday 1 September and Saturday 2 September.

On Friday 1 September, ASLEF strike action will take place. There will be no service on the East Suffolk Lines (both Ipswich – Lowestoft and Ipswich – Felixstowe) and the other regional routes. Only a heavily reduced train service will operate on core routes with most starting much later than normal and finishing earlier.

On Saturday 2 September, ASLEF action short of a strike is taking place, alongside RMT strike action. The Ipswich – Lowestoft route will run a two-hourly service (instead of the normal hourly service) with no service Ipswich – Felixstowe. Elsewhere across the Greate Anglia network trains though will run on most but some sroutes will have no service. Where trains are running they will onl operate between 07:00 – 23:00. Engineering work is also taking place on some part of the network.

Service for Friday 1 September

Trains will operate on the following routes only:

Cambridge – London Liverpool Street: approx. every two hours

Departure from…First trainLast train

Norwich – London Liverpool Street: hourly

Departure from…First trainLast train

Stansted Airport – London Liverpool Street: hourly

Departure from…First trainLast train
Stansted Airport05.4323.45

Colchester – London Liverpool Street: hourly

Departure from…First trainLast train

Southend Victoria – London Liverpool Street: hourly

Departure from…First trainLast train
Southend Victoria08.1322.00

Service for Saturday 2 September

Trains will be running across much of the Greater Anglia network between 07:00 and 23:00, with many routes having a normal or near normal service between those hours. Some routes will have a reduced frequency and certain routes will see no services at all.

The following services will not run:

Ipswich – Felixstowe
Colchester – Walton-on-the-Naze via Colchester Town
Marks Tey – Sudbury
Manningtree – Harwich Town
Bishop’s Stortford – Stratford
Hertford East – London Liverpool Street
Meridian Water – Stratford

These routes will run at the following frequency:

Braintree – London Liverpool Street: hourly
Cambridge/Cambridge North – London Liverpool Street: hourly
Clacton-on-Sea – London Liverpool Street: hourly
Colchester Town – Colchester: every 35 minutes
Ipswich – London Liverpool Street: hourly
Southend Victoria – London Liverpool Street: every 20 minutes
Stansted Airport – London Liverpool Street: every 30 minutes

Ipswich – Lowestoft: two hourly
Bury St Edmunds – Cambridge: hourly
Bury St Edmunds – Peterborough: two hourly

Norwich – Great Yarmouth: hourly
Norwich – Lowestoft: hourly
Norwich – Sheringham: hourly
Norwich – Stansted Airport: hourly

Wickford – Southminster: every 80 minutes

Ipswich Town v Cardiff City

Supporters visiting Portman Road are advised to check before they travel due to industrial action and engineering work taking place on some parts of the GA network. On Saturday the Ipswich – Lowestoft route will operate a two-hourly service instead of hourly and there will be no service on the Ipswich – Felixstowe route.

Due to track and overhead line work, a rail replacement bus service will replace trains all weekend:

Norwich – Ipswich (direct bus: 90 minutes / all-stations bus: two hours)
Ipswich- Bury St Edmunds

Short-notice service alterations or cancellations during strike days. Services on the days after a strike will start slightly later than normal.

Other train operators across the UK are also affected by both sets of industrial action.

Passenger Assistance

Passenger assistance arrangements will be available as usual on all days, but anyone requiring assistance should plan their journey and book assistance in advance if possible.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s managing director, said:

“With industrial action taking place on Saturday 2 September, there will be some alterations and cancellations across our network, plus some routes where no trains will run at all, while on 1 September it is expected that trains only will operate on four routes, with no services at all on the rest of the network.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these service alterations and advise customers to plan ahead and check before they travel.”

More information is available at greateranglia.co.uk