Are trains running today? Which UK rail services were affected by July strikes this week, when is next strike

Passengers have been told ‘not to attempt to travel’ as strike action begins

The UK is facing another train strike.

It is the fifth day of strike action in two months and it will see 5,500 workers from eight train companies walkout over disputes about pay, working conditions and job security.

Passengers can expect a heavily reduced service and some routes will be completely cancelled.

There is concern about how this will impact the Commonwealth Games, which kicked off on the 28 July and is set to be caught up in the disruption.

Here’s everything you need to know about what routes are affected.

Further train strikes are planned for August (Pic: Getty Images)

Are trains running today?

There are train strikes across the rail networks in the UK today.

Trains are running today, however due to the strike action many are seeing a significantly reduced service.

Even if you are travelling with a train company that is not taking part in the strike, you can expect to experience knock on delays.

When is the next rail strike?

The next train strike will take place today (30 July).

Train strikes have seen rail services completely shut down this week (Pic: Getty Images)

Held by the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (Aslef), it will see eight train companies walk out, leaving travellers with a heavily reduced service.

In a statement about the proposed strike action, Aslef‘s general secretary Mick Whelan explained that workers had not received a pay rise since 2019.

Whelan said staff: “want an increase in line with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy, in 2022, what we could buy in 2021 – for those members – who were, you will remember, the people who moved key workers and goods around the country during the pandemic.”

Further train strikes are planned on 13, 18 and 20 August.

Who is striking on 30 July?

There are eight train companies in total striking on Saturday 30 July, with over 5,500 workers are expected to walkout.

The strike coincides with the Commonwealth Games being hosted in Birmingham, with swimming, athletics and gymnastics events due to take place.

Here are the train companies striking on 30 July:

  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Trains
  • LNER
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • London Overground
  • Southeastern
  • West Midlands Railway

What rail services have been affected by strike action this week?

Here are the train companies that have been affected by strike action:

Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast have been operating under a reduced timetable, which you can find here.

Whilst they are not taking part in strike action this weekend, they are still dealing with delays due to striking on 27 July.

c2c

c2c has been running a reduced service, you can check out their timetable here.

Chiltern Railways

Chiltern has advised customers that they will be running a normal service on 30 July, but that it could be hit by delays due to the strike.

You can find out more about the strike on their website here.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry will be running a normal service on 30 July, but expect the strike to cause delays and will not be stopping at University Station.

You can find out more about the strike on their website here.

East Midlands Railway

East Midlands has advised customers that they will be running a normal service on 30 July, but that it could be hit by delays due to the strike.

You can find out more about the strike on their website here.

Elizabeth Line

On 30 July there will be no service on the Elizabeth Line between Paddington and Abbey Wood due to planned works.

You can find out more about the strike on the TfL website here.

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express is not taking part in the strike action on 30 July, but commuters are advised there may be onset delays.

You can find out more about the strike on their website here.

Great Northern

Great Northern will not be taking part in strike action on 30 July, but delays to services are expected.

You can find out more about the strike on their website here.

Great Western Rail

Great Western Railway are taking part in strike action on 30 July and are advising customers to make alternative travel arrangements and only travel if absolutely necessary.

A limited service will operate on these routes:

  • Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington
  • Reading to Oxford
  • Reading to Basingstoke

No other GWR services will run on 30 July, with disruption expected to continue on 31 July.

You can find out more on GWR’s website here.

Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia will be taking part in the strike action on 30 July.

They have advised passengers to not travel and that the service will be “heavily reduced and disrupted.”

A limited service will operate on these routes:

  • Norwich and Colchester to London Liverpool Street
  • Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street
  • Standsted Express

There will be knock on delays on 31 July, with services starting later than usual.

You can find out more about the strike action on their website here.

Hull Trains

Hull Trains will be taking part in the strike action on 30 July.

All services will be cancelled, except one to and from London King’s Cross.

There will be further delays and cancellations on 31 July, with the 10:49 & 17:48 from London King’s Cross and the 14:36 from Hull not running.

You can find out more about the strike action on their website here.

LNER

LNER will be taking part in the strike action on 30 July.

There will be no services North of Edinburgh Waverley or Leeds, with limited services to London King’s Cross.

Services are expected to face delays on 31 July, with normal service expected to return on 1 August.

You can find out more about the strike action on their website here.

London Overground

London Overground will be taking part in the strike action on 30 July.

There will be significant disruption with all services cancelled.

There will also be no Night Overground services on the evening of 30 July and the early hours of 31 July.

Whilst there will be reduced timetables across the Elizabeth line, services are expected to return to normal by mid-afternoon on 31 July.

You can find out more on the Transport for London website here.

London Northwestern Railway

London Northwestern will be taking part in the strike action on 30 July.

No London Northwestern Railway or West Midlands Railway services will run as a result.

You can find out more about the strike action on their website here.

Northern

Northern is not taking part in the upcoming strike action, but delays are expected on 30 July.

You can find out more about the strike on their website here.

South Western Railway

South Western is not taking part in the strike action on 30 July, however passengers have been told to expect onward delays.

You can find out more about the strike on their website here.

Southeastern

Southeastern will be taking part in the strike action on 30 July.

There will be no services operating as a result, with the operator telling passengers “not to attempt to travel.”

You can find out more about the strike on their website here.

Southern

Southern are not taking part in strike action on 30 July, but delays across services are expected.

You can find out more about the strike action on their website here.

West Midlands Railway

West Midlands will be taking part in the strike action on 30 July.

There will be no services in operation, with people attending the Commonwealth Games being advised to seek alternative routes.

You can find out more about the strike action on their website here.