Train strikes November 2022: are RMT strikes axed, Monday timetable, affected services and routes

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The latest information on what services are running around the country during three days of RMT strike action

RMT have called off a series of nationwide strikes on the railways at the last minute.

More than 40,000 members of the RMT union were set to stage three days of strikes between 5 and 9 November in an ongoing battle over pay, conditions and job security. But the industrial action has been cancelled after the union said it has secured “unconditional” talks on Network Rail and the promise of a pay offer from the train operating companies.

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The strikes were due to be the latest in a programme of industrial action organised by the RMT since June. In each instance, around half of all Britain’s railway lines have been shut down and 80% of rail services have been cancelled. In separate action, members of the TSSA union in the West Midlands have staged a one-day strike over pay and job security.

However rail chiefs have said it is too late to change the “strike timetable” on Monday, and urged travellers to check before travelling as services will still be “extremely limited”. Find out the strike timetable for 5 November below.

What sevices are affected on Monday 7 November?

The Rail Delivery Group and National Rail Enquiries have warned that the last-minute change to the strike plan will still cause severe disruption to many services as companies struggle to switch timetables yet again. Network Rail said the situation across the country would be “a mixed picture” as some services returned to normal and others remained disruption. Below is the latest information from each operator:

Avanti West Coast

One train per hour between London Euston and each of Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool, with services to Liverpool going via the West Midlands (including calls at Coventry, Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton). These trains will operate during limited hours, with the first train of the day departing London Euston just before 07:30 and the last train of the day from London Euston departing mid-afternoon, around 16:30.

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Normal service expected to run.

Caledonian Seeper

No service on evening of Monday 7 November.

Chiltern Railways

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Services will run from 08:00 to 17:00 with one train per hour in each direction on the following routes: London Marylebone-Oxford Parkway; London Marylebone-Banbury; London Marylebone-Aylesbury (via High Wycombe); Aylesbury Vale Parkway-Amersham.

Cross Country

Still “significant disruption to timetables” and limited services. Some routes will have no service.

East Midlands

One train per hour on the following routes:

  • Nottingham-Luton
  • Sheffield-Luton
  • Corby-Luton
  • Derby-Matlock/Nottingham
  • Sheffield/Leicester-Nottingham

Grand Central

Three trains each way between London King’s Cross and Wakefield Kirkgate, departing London at 10:53, 14:56 and 15:40, and departing Wakefield at 13:00, 16:59 and 17:53. Reduced timetable between London King’s Cross and Northallerton. No other services will run.

Great Northern

A limited service will run. Many routes, particularly on the Southern network and Ely-Kings Lynn will have no service as the timetable will be based on the strike day plan. You can find more info about the routes that are running on the industrial action page of Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink websites.

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Where possible, some additional earlier morning and later evening services will be reinstated on routes that are already open but it is not possible to do this on all routes. Check journey planners for details of first and last trains.

Trains will also run on these additional routes, between around 06:00 and 20:00:

  • London Victoria and East Grinstead
  • Brighton and Chichester, Littlehampton and Barnham
  • Barnham and Bognor Regis

Greater Anglia

Normal weekday timetable reinstated.

Great Western Railway

A “very limited service” will run on the following routes:

  • London Paddington-Cardiff Central / Bristol Temple Meads / Oxford
  • Reading-Basingstoke
  • Oxford-Didcot Parkway
  • Cardiff Central-Westbury via Bristol Parkway
  • Bristol Temple Meads-Weston-super-Mare
  • Branch lines serving Windsor and Marlow and Henley-on-Thames

Hull Trains

Normal weekday timetable reinstated.


One train every 30 minutes in each direction between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley. One train per hour in each direction between London King’s Cross and Leeds.


Normal weekday timetable reinstated.


“Much reduced” service on the following routes:

  • Liverpool - Earlestown - Manchester - Manchester Airport
  • Alderley Edge - Wilmslow - Manchester
  • Doncaster - Scunthorpe buses
  • York - Leeds
  • Ilkley - Leeds
  • Skipton - Leeds
  • Sheffield - Moorthorpe - Leeds
  • Bradford Forster Square - Leeds


  • Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk High: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh – Helensburgh: two trains per hour
  • Glasgow – Hamilton/Larkhall: two trains per hour
  • Glasgow – Lanark: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh – Glasgow via Shotts: one train per hour
  • Edinburgh – Cowdenbeath: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh - North Berwick: one train per hour
  • Edinburgh – Tweedbank: two trains per hour
  • Edinburgh - Larbert: one train per hour
  • Glasgow Queen St – Larbert: one train per hour
  • Glasgow Queen St – Falkirk Grahamston: one train per hour
  • Milngavie – Springburn: two trains per hour

Trains will also operate on a “very limited” timetable on the following routes:

  • Carlisle - Dumfries
  • Ayr - Stranraer
  • Inverness - Wick
  • Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Inverness - Perth
  • Aberdeen - Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh - Perth
  • Glasgow Queen Street - Oban / Mallaig


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Trains running on the following routes on a reduced service:

  • London and Tonbridge to Ashford International, Canterbury West, Folkestone, Dover, Ramsgate and Margate
  • London to Medway Towns, Sittingbourne, Sheerness-on-Sea, Faversham, Dover and Ramsgate
  • London to Ashford International via Maidstone East
  • Strood to Maidstone West, Paddock Wood and Tonbridge
  • London and Sevenoaks to Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Battle and Hastings
  • London to Dartford, Gravesend and The Medway Towns
  • London to Catford Bridge, Elmers End and Hayes
  • London to Bromley North, Orpington and Sevenoaks via Grove Park
  • London to Bromley South, Orpington and Sevenoaks

Southwestern Railway

“A severely reduced service will operate between 07:30 and 18:30 only.”


Two trains per hour on following routes:

  • London Victoria-Brighton
  • London Bridge-Brighton
  • London Bridge-Gatwick Airport
  • London Bridge-Three Bridges
  • Brighton-Hove
  • London Victoria-Sutton
  • London Victoria-Epsom Downs via Selhurst
  • London Victoria-West Croydon via Crystal Palace
  • London Bridge-Tattenham Corner

Transpennine Express

One train per hour between York and Huddersfield. No other services

Transport for Wales

Normal timetable reinstated. Small number of services may still experience disruption.

West Midlands Railway

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One train per hour in each direction between Crewe and Birmingham New Street.

Two trains per hour between Birmingham New Street and Litchfield City/Four Oaks.

One train per hour between Birmingham New Street and Bromsgrove and between Birmingham New Street and Reddicth.

Two trains per hour on Northampton-London Euston and, Bletchley-London Euston

One train per hour on Birmingham New Street-Northampton

Wednesday 9 November

All train operating companies say they are working to reisntate full weekday timteables on all rouote by Wednesday.

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