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There is set to be more transport misery for millions with some rail passengers already being urged not to travel by train next week.

Britain’s biggest rail strike for more than 30 years is set to spark six days of chaos amid warnings of a “summer of discontent”.

Thousands more workers at Network Rail are to be balloted for strikes in escalating disputes over pay, jobs and conditions, the TSSA union have announced.

It’s the largest walk out for years and already a number of lines have been confirmed as being closed. Just one in five services are expected to run on next week’s three days of strikes – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday -and six lines will be completely closed.

Train bosses advised some customers to “only travel if absolutely essential” ( PA)

Network Rail have already said there would also be no passenger services to locations including Bournemouth, Swansea, Holyhead, Chester and Blackpool. There will also be no passenger trains running north from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Where limited services are running, they will mostly start at around 7.30am and finish by 6.30pm on strikes days.

But many commuters are still in limbo as the strike threatens to bring the country’s rail network to a virtual standstill.

Here is exactly what the train companies are saying.

Chiltern Railways

It’s set to be the largest walk out for years ( AFP/Getty Images)

Firm says passengers should “only travel if absolutely essential” between June 21 and 25.

Will run a very significantly reduced timetable between those dates, with services finishing earlier than normal on Monday next week and starting later on the following Sunday.

Cross Country Trains

Will run a significantly reduced service on the three days of the strike – June 21, 23, and 25 – with days either side also expected to be affected.

Finalising details of what level of service will be offered.

Greater Anglia

A very limited service will be on offer for many ( PA)

Will not be running any services on its regional and branch lines.

Very limited service on some routes to and from London Liverpool Street for part of the day.

Services that do run will only start from 7.30am, with the last trains finishing their journeys by 6.30pm.

Firm due to issue full strike day timetable on its website on Friday this week.


Plans to run around 38% of its usual trains on the strike days and “they are likely to be very busy.”

The company warns: “If you can avoid travelling over this period we recommend doing so.”

East Midlands Railway

The strike will bring misery for millions across the UK ( PA)

Asking passengers to only travel by rail if necessary.

Operating a significantly reduced service on June 21, 23 and 25, as well as the days in between.

Services will only operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm.


Expects significant disruption on strike days and advising passengers to “only travel if essential”.

Reduced service from 7.30am to 6.30pm, equating to less than a third of its normal levels.

Great Western Railway

Says it will operate “as many trains as possible” during the strike action.

Includes route from London Paddington, through Reading, as far as Cardiff Central, as well as to Oxford, Basingstoke, Westbury, Bristol Temple Meads and Plymouth.

Warns that where it is able to run services, they are expected to be “extremely busy”.

Northern Trains

Many passengers are already being advised not to travel ( TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Asking customers not to travel on its services between the whole of June 21 to 26

Warns the timing of the strike action will have a knock-on effect on the days in-between.


Urging passengers not to use its services on the three strike days, adding: “We cannot guarantee you be able to travel.”

It adds: “The number of train services we’ll be able to run will be extremely limited.”

South Western Railway

Will run a dramatically reduced timetable on strike days, with “significant parts” of its network closed.

Says there will be a “severely limited service” between 7.15am and 6.30pm on some routes. They are limited to between London Waterloo and Southampton, Woking, Basingstoke and Windsor.

Rest of the network closed.

Where trains are running, they are expected to be very busy

As a result, “you are urged not to travel by rail unless absolutely necessary”, it said.

Transpennine Express

Warning of significant reduction in services.

The following stations will be closed on strike days: Middlesbrough, Yarm, Thornaby, Scarboroug,, Seamer, Malton, Selby, Brough, and Hull.

Avanti West Coast

Is “strongly advising” customers to only travel if “absolutely necessary” on the strike days.

Expects to operate a significantly reduced timetable.

Intercity operator is running approximately 25% of its typical weekday timetable on June 21 and 23, and around a third of its typical Saturday timetable on June 25.

Expects to run one train per hour from Euston to each of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston with a limited service to Glasgow.

No Avanti West Coast services to North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh on strike days.

West Midlands Trains

Warning of “considerable impact”.

Running very limited service on strike days between 7.30am and 6.30pm, with “very limited service” on days in between.

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