Rail Strikes


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ASLEF (involving 11 train companies)

Strike action will affect the following train companies and have a significant impact on their services, ranging from substantially reduced revised timetables to not being able to run any trains at all. As this impact will vary in each case, please check the links below which will take you to an individual summary for each affected train company:

Avanti West Coast - further information here

Chiltern Railways - further information here

East Midlands Railway - further information here

Great Western Railway - further information here

Greater Anglia - further information here

Heathrow Express - further information here

London Northwestern Railway - further information here

Southeastern - further information here

TransPennine Express - further information here​​​​

Stansted Express - further information here

West Midlands Railway - further information here 

Travel Advice: Industrial Action by ASLEF on 26th November 2022 :

If you have a ticket for travel on one of the above strike dates, you can use this ticket either the day before the date on the ticket or through and including Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

Please note that if your ticket is for a journey that includes crossing London, it will not be valid on London Underground services on an alternative date.

Please always check your journey on National Rail before you travel, and if possible, set up alerts to be notified of disruptions.


RMT (affecting Avanti West Coast only). Further information here.

(affecting East Midlands Railway only). Further information here

RMT 48 hour strikes 
(involving 14 train operating companies) set for the following dates:



RMT 48 hour strikes (involving 14 train operating companies) set for the following dates:


Train companies involved in the RMT 48-hour walkout in December and January:

Chiltern Railways

Cross Country Trains

Greater Anglia


East Midlands Railway


Great Western Railway

Northern Trains

South Eastern

South Western Railway

Transpennine Express

Avanti West Coast

West Midlands Trains

GTR (including Gatwick Express)


We will publish more information as soon as it becomes available. 

How does this affect existing bookings? 

We will send out an email to notify you if your journey has been cancelled by the train company. You will be offered a full refund on your entire booking if you prefer to rebook your journey. 

If your journey is unaffected by the strike action and you wish to change your dates, you may defer or rebook your journey fee-free before 6pm the day before travel under the Book with Confidence scheme, more info here.

Passengers travelling on strike days have the following options: 

Refunds [online refund form]

If your service has been cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled and we've emailed you about it, you will be entitled to a refund on your unused tickets. You may self-refund your booking via the online refund form (read this guide on how to self-refund your journey) before the departure date. 

Change of travel dates

In the event of your service being affected by strike action cross industry ticket easements and acceptance may be made available. For strikes in November it has now been confirmed that:

Tickets for a strike day extended for travel the day before the date on the ticket or up to and including Friday 11th November.

If you have purchased an Advance, Off-Peak or Anytime ticket and choose not to travel,  you may self refund your entire booking on https://refunds.trainsplit.com/

Change of train company or route

You may be able to use your ticket on another train company or an alternative route. Please check for ticket acceptance information on the train company's website or contact them for more details. 

More information: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/industrialaction.aspx