Service Alterations due to Industrial Action 4 April through 9 April

Industrial action will affect East Suffolk Lines services and the rest of the Greater Anglia rail network between Thursday 4 April and Tuesday 9 April. A full strike will take place Monday 8 April. Sunday 7 April is unaffected and a normal service will operate that day.

Action Short of a Strike

Action short of a strike from Thursday 4 April to Saturday 6 April and on Tuesday 9 April. Some services will be cancelled but most will operate.

Full Strike Monday 8 April

On Monday 8 April there will be a full strike by ASLEF members. There will no services on the East Suffolk Lines and the other rural/regional routes. Only a very limited train service will operate on five core Greater Anglia routes and, with the exception of the Stansted Express service, for a limited period. Those routes are:

Norwich – London Liverpool Street: hourly

Departure from…First trainLast train
London Liverpool Street10:3021:30

Stansted Airport – London Liverpool Street: hourly

Departure from…First trainLast train
Stansted Airport05:5023:45
London Liverpool Street04:4023:25

Colchester – London Liverpool Street: hourly

Departure from…First trainLast train
London Liverpool Street10:0022:00

Southend Victoria – London Liverpool Street: hourly

Departure from…First trainLast train
Southend Victoria08:1322:00
London Liverpool Street09:4723:45

Cambridge – London Liverpool Street: approx. bi-hourly

Departure from…First trainLast train
London Liverpool Street09:5818:58

Apart from the Stansted Express, these services will start much later and will finish earlier than normal. Greater Anglia expects these services to be exceptionally busy; passengers are advised to plan ahead or consider travelling on alternative dates.

There will be no services at all on any other Greater Anglia routes on Monday 8 April.

Journey planners will be updated with exact train times three days before each strike date.

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

“Unfortunately on the 8 April, no services will run at all on most Greater Anglia routes, with just an hourly service during normal operating hours on the Stansted Airport to London route and an hourly service for limited hours on the Norwich to London, Colchester to London and Southend Victoria to London routes, plus a few services between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street.

“On the days affected by action short of a strike, the vast majority of services will be running as normal, but there will be some alterations and cancellations across our network.

“Please note that an extensive engineering works programme will also take place on Saturday 6 April and Sunday 7 April. This work is extremely important to help maintain the safe and reliable running of the railway and make it fit for the future. A rail replacement service will run while the work takes place.

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

Note: Engineering work will take place across the Greater Anglia network on both Saturday 6 April February and Sunday 7 April and a rail replacement bus service will be in operation.

Passengers are advised to check they before they travel as there may be last-minute changes to the service.

Other train operators

Other operators are also affected during the period 4/4 through 9/4 but the single strike day is different as listed below:

Friday 5 April

  • Avanti
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • London Northwestern
  • West Midlands Railway

Saturday 6 April

  • LNER
  • Chiltern
  • Northern
  • Great Western
  • Transpennine Express

Monday 8 April

  • Greater Anglia including Stansted Express
  • C2C
  • Great Northern
  • Gatwick Express
  • Southeastern
  • Southern
  • South Western Railway (including Island Line)
  • Thameslink