Today marks the beginning of a month-long strike by the UK during the Christmas rail workers over pay and conditions.

This indicates that strike action will continue for Network Rail and the 14 train operating companies under the UK Department for Transport (DfT) beginning this week and continuing until January 8, 2023.

“The Network Rail offer included a 5% and 4% pay rise over a two-year period with thousands of job losses, a 50% cut in scheduled maintenance tasks, and a 30% increase in unsocial hours,” the RMT states.

“Our members, along with the entire trade union movement will continue their campaign for a square deal for workers, decent pay increases, and good working conditions,” the union continues in a statement.

When will the train strikes in the UK begin this month?

Friday, December 16, and Saturday, January 7, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, will see strikes continue.

These strikes will influence Organization Rail and the 14 train working organizations under the DfT command, which incorporate Chiltern Rail lines, CrossCountry Trains, More noteworthy Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Rail route, c2c, Incredible Western Rail line, Northern Trains, South Eastern, South Western Rail route, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (counting Gatwick Express).

Before you leave, check the availability of your first and last trains if you intend to travel. Trains will resume later than usual on the days following the strikes, so expect more morning disruptions.

During rail strikes in the UK, which trains are still operating?

The majority of train operators are advising customers to avoid trains on December 16 and 17 and only travel when absolutely necessary. Swansea, Aberdeen, Lincoln, Canterbury, Portsmouth, and Inverness are the cities where service is the worst affected. 

However, there are still trains operating, and approximately 20% of typical UK during the Christmas services are operational.

Which trains depart from Paddington Station in London?

From London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, hourly trains are provided by the Great Western Railway (GWR).

Separate train services and limited hours are also available on the Elizabeth line between Paddington and Reading, Paddington and Abbey Wood, Paddington and Heathrow, and Paddington and Liverpool Street. At some stations, the operator is telling passengers to prepare to wait up to 30 minutes. 

Which trains depart from Euston Station in London?

From London Euston, Avanti West Coast will operate one train per hour to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, and Preston. A limited service will continue on to Glasgow. The first train will leave at 8:30 a.m., and the last train will arrive around midday. 

What trains are running from London Lord’s Cross?

If you want to get to Edinburgh, there are seven LNER trains that run between London King’s Cross and that city. There are two Great Northern trains that run every hour between King’s Cross and Peterborough and Cambridge. Which trains go to UK airports?

Additionally, some airport services are still available. From London Victoria and London Bridge, Southern Rail operates half-hourly services to Brighton via Gatwick Airport. Additionally, Thameslink will operate trains from London St. Pancras to Luton Airport at least every half-hour.

Between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, Greater Anglia operates two trains per hour that depart after 7:30 a.m. and arrive before 6 p.m.  UK during the Christmas

Except for the southwestern sections of the District line that go to Richmond and Wimbledon, which will have reduced hours, strikes will not significantly affect the London Underground. As a result, traveling to Heathrow Airport may be easiest via the Underground. 


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