Rail strikes at Charing Cross Station

Rail strikes are scheduled to take place across the national network this week, as drivers continue their long running dispute over pay and conditions.

The walkouts, currently slated for this Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, will also cause disruption on Thursday 15 and Sunday 18 due to train displacement.

The strikes are part of a long running dispute between members of the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport) union and train operating companies.

With over 40,000 workers walking out, national rail services will be significantly curtailed, with some lines unable to run at all.

Westminster’s four rail termini will be among the stations most affected by the disruption. Here are the latest updates from train operators:


Great Western Railway (GWR), which operates the majority of trains from the western terminus, will run an “extremely reduced service” on a limited number of routes, with passengers advised to travel only “if absolutely necessary”. Trains will not operate before 7.30am and after 6.30pm on strike days.


Chiltern Railways advises passengers to travel only where it is “absolutely essential” for the entire strike period. Trains will not run north of Banbury on all days, and no services will operate at all on Sunday December 18. Limited trains will run between 8.00am and 4.00pm on strike days.

Charing Cross

Southeastern services will not run before 7.00am on all days, and after 7.00pm on strike days. You can find out more information here.


Passengers are advised to not travel unless necessary. Southern says it services will be “severely disrupted”, will trains running only from 7.00am and stopping by “late afternoon”, and many destinations including Southampton and Eastbourne will not be served at all. Gatwick Express will also be extremely disrupted.


Although the vast majority of TfL services will be running as normal, some routes which share national rail infrastructure will still experience disruption. The Elizabeth Line will run in three sections with a reduced service. Planned bus strikes by Metroline workers have been suspended, but some services operated by Abellio will be affected by industrial action.

Main image: Wikimedia Commons/mattbuck.

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