UPDATE, June 21: After one day of rail strike action (as well as a day of strike action by London Underground workers), the further two days of disruption look set to go ahead. Although there have been limited services on some lines today (Tuesday June 21), there are cancellations and amended timetables everywhere. The action is across the UK.
Even on lines that are supposedly unaffected, make sure you check with the service operator before setting out.
In another massive blow for London’s endlessly suffering commuters, rail union the RMT has announced three days of train strikes for the capital, on Tuesday June 21, Thursday June 23 and Saturday June 25. Weird days to choose, you might think. Well, in the spirit of the recent threat to disrupt the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations, these days have not been chosen at random, but to coincide with people travelling to Glastonbury Festival and to an England v New Zealand test match. The UK-wide industrial action has been dubbed the ‘biggest rail strike in modern history’ – surely the cause for muted celebrations at best. The first day of the action coincides with a strike on London Underground for some added commuter pain.
So, how will the strikes potentially affect your London commute if they go ahead? Lines into London that have planned industrial action are:
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway
- South Eastern Railway
- South Western Railway
- Avanti West Coast
- West Midlands Trains
In addition, Network Rail, responsible for maintaining the UK’s railways is also striking on those three dates.
Some London routes will not be on strike, but they say that they are still expecting services to be affected by the action. These lines will not be on strike on those dates:
- Great Northern
- Gatwick Express
In a statement, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch explained the action:
‘We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze.’
Cold comfort for London’s commuters, though, especially those who have no option to work from home.
Even on lines that are supposedly unaffected, check with the service provider before setting out.