Updated 22 March 2023
Note: on 22 March the RMT union suspended the strikes set for 30 March and 1 April. This story will remain as part of this website’s archive.
Rail passengers are advised to check before they travel on 16, 18, 30 March and 1 April when industrial action will affect Greater Anglia services. There will be no rail replacement buses to replace trains not running due to the strike. Rail services are expected to run normally on the day before and the day after the strike.
No East Suffolk Lines Services Thursday 16 March
On Thursday 16 March services will not run on the East Suffolk Lines and most of the other rural routes/branch lines.
There will be a reduced service operating on a limited number of other routes between 07.00 and 19.00, with all last trains reaching their destination by 19.00. Some services will be running on some additional routes.
On 18, 30 March and 1 April, services will operate between 07.00 and 23.00, with all last trains reaching their destination by 23.00. Some routes will have a reduced frequency, but many routes will have a normal or near-normal service during the hours that trains are running.
In addition, engineering works will affect some services to London on 18 March and 1 April, and some regional services on 30 March.
Summary for Thursday 16 March
- East Suffolk Lines and the other rural routes/branch lines except those listed below
- Norwich – London Liverpool Street
- Norwich – Cambridge/Stansted Airport
- Colchester -London Liverpool Street
- Clacton-on-Sea – London Liverpool Street
- Southminster – London Liverpool Street
- Cambridge – London Liverpool Street
- Hertford East and Stratford.
- Stansted Express Stansted Airport – London Liverpool Street
- Southend Victoria – London Liverpool Street
Trains that do run are expected to start from 07.00 onwards, with all last trains then completing their journeys before 19.00
Full timetable details are available online.
Summary for 18, 30 March and 1 April
Trains will run on all Greater Anglia routes including the East Suffolk Lines and for longer hours (between 07.00 and 2300, with all last trains reaching their destination by 23.00). Some routes will have a reduced frequency, but many routes will have a normal or near-normal service during the hours that trains are running. More details will be available nearer the time, with full timetable details for 18 March due to be available tomorrow 14/3.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “We are very sorry that once again our customers will be disrupted by strikes. We’re able to run a reduced service on some routes on 16 March and far more services, but still not a full service on 18, 30 March and 1 April, so customers are advised to check before they travel on strike days. The rail industry is working hard to resolve these disputes and talks will continue with RMT to try and 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.