Passengers are advised to check before travelling due to industrial action taking place on Saturday 26 August, Friday 1 September and Saturday 2 September. The RMT plans to take strike action Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September. Today ASLEF announced its members would strike on Friday 1 September and take action short of a strike on Saturday 2 September. Rail services are expected to be impacted as follows:
Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September
Many routes will operate a normal or near-normal service but between 07:00 and 23:00 (except for three routes that will operate until 19.00 on 26 August; see below). Some routes will have a reduced frequency and certain routes will see no services at all.
East Suffolk Lines
- Ipswich – Felixstowe
Two Hourly Service
- Ipswich – Lowestoft
Elsewhere across the Greater Anglia Network
- Colchester – Walton-on-the-Naze via Colchester Town
- Bishop’s Stortford – Stratford
- Hertford East – London Liverpool Street
- Meridian Water – Stratford
Services running between 07:00 and 19:00 on 26/8 (07:00 and 23:00 on 2/9)
- Cambridge to London Liverpool Street
- Ipswich to Cambridge
- Norwich to Stansted Airport
- However, these three services will operate between 07:00 and 23:00 on Saturday 2 September.
Engineering works on both dates
On Saturday 26 August engineering works will affect Great Eastern Main Line services, with rail replacement buses running between Witham and Ingatestone. On Saturday 2 September, mainline services between Norwich and Ipswich, and regional services between Ipswich and Cambridge/ Peterborough, are also affected by engineering works.
Service Plans for 1 September
As the strike for 1 September has only been announced today, service plans are being worked on. However, it is likely that only a very reduced service will operate, for reduced hours, and most likely only on the Norwich to London, Colchester to London, Southend to London and Stansted Airport to London routes. Further details will be provided as soon as they are confirmed.
On all days affected by industrial action, short-notice service alterations or cancellations are possible. On the days after a strike day services start slightly later than normal.
Other train operators are also affected by both sets of industrial action.
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 26 August and 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.”
Online journey planners will be updated with exact train times 3 days before each strike date.