Christmas train strike: December and January rail disruption dates and all lines affected |  UK News

Christmas train strike: December and January rail disruption dates and all lines affected | UK News

Rail passengers face disruption over the festive period with rail workers set to stage a series of 48-hour strikes in the long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

More than 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will strike.

The dates are:

December 13

December 14

December 16

December 17

January 3

January 4

January 6

January 7

There will also be an overtime ban across the railways from December 18 to January 2, meaning the RMT will take industrial action over four weeks.

Many operators are still assessing the potential impact of the industrial action and will then provide more details to passengers.

It comes after one long action period and as some operators, such as West Midlands Railway and Southeastern, prepare to introduce “easier to understand” timetables on December 11, with some significant changes for some routes.

Train passengers are also warned of serious disruptions across the network this Saturday when members of the train drivers’ union, Aslef, go on strike.

Which operators have provided updates on the strikes in December and January?

Not all train companies have provided information on how their services will be affected, but these are the ones that have:

Great Western Railway

GWR has warned its passengers to only travel by train if “absolutely necessary”. A reduced timetable will be in operation and many routes will have no services at all. Travelers should expect all trains that are able to run to be “extremely busy”. More details on the impact of the festive strikes “will be provided in due course”.

Avanti West Coast

The company is still assessing how the strike in December and January will affect its services and will have “more information for you soon”.

East Midlands Railway

EMR has said it is “working to identify” how the strikes will affect timetables.


More information about the impact on the services will be provided when available.

Greater Anglia

The operator hopes industrial action can be avoided, but warns passengers should “avoid traveling with us” on strike days and urges people to check for updates before travelling.

Disruption will be faced by travelers across the country if the strike takes place, with further updates expected to be provided from these operators:

Cross-country train

Cross Country Trains said it was aware of the RMT union’s decision to strike and the overtime ban on its “disruption page”.

The train operator added that it understood customers wanted to make travel and Christmas arrangements as soon as possible, and said further information would be provided soon.


The train operator said it was working with Network Rail to agree a reduced timetable – but warned customers to expect severe disruption on December 13 and 14 and 16 and 17 – with large parts of the network closed.

There will also be a later start on the days before and after the action.

West Midlands Railway

The RMT strike is expected to have a “significant impact” on services, with altered timetables operating and some routes not being served at all.

The days before and after the strike may also be affected, although timetables have not yet been confirmed.


Details are yet to be finalised, but serious disruption is expected during the RMT union strike and the days before and after.

There will be no replacement buses on strike days, and some stations may be closed or have reduced opening hours due to limited staffing and services.

Advance tickets for strike days have been withdrawn from sale.

GTR (including Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express)

Thameslink, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Southern, all part of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), all said they are “working with the wider rail industry” to work out how services will be affected – but warned the network will be ” greatly reduced” on strike days, with surrounding days likely to be affected as well.


More information about the strike action in December and January will be published as soon as possible.


The operator is still waiting for confirmation of how the plans will be affected.

Other train operators are expected to provide updates:

Transpennine Express

Chiltern Railways

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