Britain’s railways will be hit by more strike action in September and October as the dispute between rail workers and train operating companies continues.
Members from the Aslef announced a further two days of strike action for autumn, with more days to be affected by an overtime ban, impacting 16 rail companies.
It comes over a year since disruption as a result of failed negotiations between trade union bosses, rail companies, and ministers.
So, when exactly are the next train strikes in September? Will you be affected by the strikes? And what can you do if you have already booked a ticket?
Read on below for a full list of upcoming rail strike dates to see if they will impact you.
Britain’s railways will be hit by more strike action in September and October as the dispute between rail workers and train operating companies continues
Mick Whelan (above) and his ASLEF union of train drivers will strike on September 30 and October 4
The RMT Union (general secretary Mick Lynch pictured) have not announced fresh industrial action since September 2
When are the train strikes?
ASLEF – the train drivers’ union – announced another two days of strike action, which follow the union’s last action on September 1.
That day was followed by a day of strike action by the RMT union, who are yet to announce any future industrial action.
Their members will strike on Saturday 30 September and Wednesday 4 October.
These dates coincide with the first and last days of the upcoming Tory Party Conference in Manchester, as well as impacting weekend sports fixtures and commuters.
Additionally there will be an overtime ban across the UK rail network on Friday 29 September and from Monday 2 to Friday 6 October.
This will lead to cancellations and limited services on the affected days.
ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: ‘While we regret having to take this action – we don’t want to lose a day’s pay, or disrupt passengers, as they try to travel by train – the government, and the employers, have forced us into this position.
‘Our members have not, now, had a pay rise for four years – since 2019 – and that’s not right when prices have soared in that time.
‘Train drivers, perfectly reasonably, want to be able to buy now what they could buy four years ago.
‘We last saw the Secretary of State for Transport in December. We last saw Huw Merriman, the Rail Minister, in January. And we last saw the train companies in April. Since then, nothing.’
Aslef general secretary Mike Whelan claimed they haven’t heard from the government since January 6
Which train companies will be affected?
The 16 companies affected are:
- Avanti West Coast
- Chiltern Railways
- East Midlands Railway
- Greater Anglia
- GTR Great Northern Thameslink
- Great Western Railway
- Island Line
- Northern Trains
- Southern/Gatwick Express
- South Western Railway
- TransPennine Express
- West Midlands Trains.
Passengers should be aware as a result of the industrial action, some services ran by these companies may be busier than usual.
The running of the Eurostar itself is not set to be disrupted by train strikes, however it may be tricky for those people to get to its home in London St Pancras International due to impacted services on Thameslink, East Midlands Railway and Southeastern.
It is advised you contact your travel operator to get a clearer picture of what your journey may look like.
You are able to get a refund for your train ticket if your travel is rescheduled, cancelled or delayed
What do I do my ticket is booked for a strike day?
Travellers with Off-Peak, Anytime and Advance ticket can request a refund for their fare.
You will not incur fee if the travel you booked for was rescheduled, there were time delays or it was completely cancelled.
Travellers with season tickets will be able to get their money back through compensation for inconvenienced travel on strike days.
This can be done at your respective rail line via Delay Repay.
Alternative travel is also available through coach companies such as Flixbus, Megabus and National Express.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper (above) has labelled the strikes – which fall on the first and last days of Tory Part Conference – ‘politically motivated,’ and ‘cynical’
What has the government said?
Transport Secretary Mark Harper has labelled the strikes ‘politically motivated,’ and ‘cynical.’
He commented on X (formerly Twitter): ‘Train drivers are paid an average of £60k for a 35-hour, 4 day week.
‘There’s an offer on the table to take that up to £65k – and still they strike, putting their own jobs at risk.’
A Department for Transport spokesperson said: ‘Further strike action will not only put a strain on taxpayers, but risk driving passengers away from the network for good.
‘These strikes will not prevent the need for essential workplace reforms.’