Train strikes grind UK to a halt: Maps show where Aslef action will cripple commuters from today… while planned RMT Tube strike is called off at last minute

Rail passengers across Britain face further strike misery over the coming days as a union takes industrial action that will leave parts of the UK with no services.

Workers belonging to train drivers’ union Aslef at 16 train operators will walk out tomorrow – Wednesday, October 4. Aslef is also carry out an overtime ban this week that began on Monday, October 2 and will finish on Friday, October 6.

Operators affected by Aslef’s action are Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Railway.

The Rail Delivery Group warned operators will try to run as many trains as possible but there will be wide regional variations, with some running no services at all.

Services on some lines could be hit this evening on Tuesday, October 3 and the morning of Thursday, October 5 because rolling stock will be in the wrong depots. It follows an Aslef strike last Saturday which had a major impact on UK services. 

However, there was better news for London Underground passengers after members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) suspended a planned walkout across the network both tomorrow (October 4) and this Friday, October 6.

UKHospitality estimates strike disruption over the past year has cost the industry £3.5billion in lost sales – a figure which it said will rise further due to extra strikes. 

As the long-running rail dispute over pay, jobs and conditions continues to impact passengers, MailOnline has looked at how the next strikes will affect your journey.

AVANTI WEST COAST

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal service expectedWednesday, October 4 – No service due to strike actionThursday, October 5 – Amended timetable post-strikeFriday, October 6 – Normal service expectedSaturday, October 7 – Normal service expected 

c2c

Tuesday, October 3 – Reduced peak time service. Two trains per hour off peak on all routes. First and last trains unaffectedWednesday, October 4 – No c2c trains all day due to strike actionThursday, October 5 – Reduced peak time service. Two trains per hour off peak on all routes. First and last trains unaffectedFriday, October 6 – Reduced peak time service. Two trains per hour off peak on all routes. First and last trains unaffectedSaturday, October 7 – Engineering works

CALEDONIAN SLEEPER

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal service expectedWednesday, October 4 – Normal service expectedThursday, October 5 – Normal service expectedFriday, October 6 – Normal service expectedSaturday, October 7 – No service as normalSunday, October 8 – Fort William to Euston service will not call at Glasgow Queen Street. Passengers will alight at Dalmuir and travel to Glasgow by road replacement service.

CHILTERN RAILWAYS 

Tuesday, October 3 – Amended timetable with busier services. Last trains earlier than usualWednesday, October 4 – No trainsThursday, October 5 – Amended timetable with busier services. Last trains earlier than usualFriday, October 6 – Amended timetable with busier services. Last trains earlier than usualSaturday, October 7 – Pre-planned engineering works affecting all services that would normally go to or from Aylesbury. Separately, no Chiltern Railways services will call at South Ruislip station until after 8am 

CROSSCOUNTRY 

Tuesday, October 3 – Amended serviceWednesday, October 4 – No serviceThursday, October 5 – Amended serviceFriday, October 6 – Amended service

DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal serviceWednesday, October 4 – Normal serviceThursday, October 5 – Normal serviceFriday, October 6 – Normal serviceSaturday, October 7 – Normal serviceSunday 8 October – Normal service

EAST MIDLANDS RAILWAY

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal timetable but with possible short-notice alterationsWednesday, October 4 – No serviceThursday, October 5 – Normal timetable but with possible short-notice alterationsFriday, October 6 – Normal timetable but with possible short-notice alterations

ELIZABETH LINE

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal serviceWednesday, October 4 – Normal serviceThursday, October 5 – Normal serviceFriday, October 6 – Normal serviceSaturday, October 7 – Normal serviceSunday 8 October – Major engineering works. All day, no service between Paddington and Abbey Wood / Shenfield. Replacement buses operate between Stratford and Romford and between Newbury Park (for Central line) and Shenfield. Between 0.20am and 7.40am, no service between Paddington and Ealing Broadway. The last service on Saturday night / Sunday morning at 0.07am from Heathrow Terminal 5 will not run. From 7.40am, a reduced service will operate between Paddington and Heathrow / Reading. All trains will start and terminate at Paddington National Rail station. Two trains per hour operate between Paddington and Reading / Heathrow Terminal 4 / Heathrow Terminal 5. West Ealing will be served by four trains per hour.

EUROSTAR

Not affected by strike action. Normal service every day over the next week. 

GATWICK EXPRESS

Tuesday, October 3 – Amended timetable using Southern servicesWednesday, October 4 – No service. A limited Southern shuttle service will run, calling at Gatwick Airport and London Victoria only.Thursday, October 5 – Amended timetable using Southern servicesFriday, October 6 – Amended timetable using Southern services

GRAND CENTRAL

Not affected by strike action. Normal service every day over the next week. 

GREAT NORTHERN

Tuesday, October 3 – Amended timetable as below (*)Wednesday, October 4 – No serviceThursday, October 5 – Amended timetable as below (*)Friday, October 6 – Amended timetable as below (*)

Amended timetable (*) is as follows

London King’s Cross and King’s Lynn – one train per hour, with two trains per hour during peak times onlyLondon King’s Cross and Peterborough – one train per hour during peak time onlyMoorgate and Welwyn Garden City – two trains per hourMoorgate and Stevenage – two trains per hourLondon King’s Cross and Cambridge – one train per hourLondon King’s Cross and Letchworth – one train per hour during peak time only

GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal service. Night Riviera Sleeper is cancelled due to engineering workWednesday, October 4 – Very limited service between 7am and 6.30pm between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads; Reading and Oxford; Reading and Basingstoke; Reading and Redhill (AM/PM peak only); Reading and Newbury (AM/PM peak only); Westbury and Swindon (AM/PM peak only); Cardiff and Bristol Temple Meads; Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple; Exeter and Exmouth; Plymouth and Gunnislake; and Penzance and St IvesThursday, October 5 – Normal service with some changes to first services. Night Riviera Sleeper is cancelled

GREATER ANGLIA 

Tuesday, October 3 – Amended timetableWednesday, October 4 – Limited service between Norwich and London, Colchester and London, Southend Victoria and London, Cambridge and London, and Stansted Airport and London. Other routes will have no servicesThursday, October 5 – First services start laterFriday, October 6 – Amended timetable

HEATHROW EXPRESS

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal serviceWednesday, October 4 – Reduced service. First train departs London Paddington at 7.25am and then every 30 minutes until 6.25pm. First train departs Heathrow Terminal 5 at 7.57am and then every 30 minutes until 6.57pm. First train departs Heathrow Central at 8.02am and then every 30 minutes until 7.02pm.Thursday, October 5 – Normal serviceFriday, October 6 – Normal service

HULL TRAINS

Not affected by strike action. Normal service every day over the next week. 

ISLAND LINE 

Tuesday, October 3 – Hourly serviceWednesday, October 4 – No serviceThursday, October 5 – Hourly serviceFriday, October 6 – Hourly service

LONDON NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY (LNER) 

Tuesday, October 3 – Slightly amended timetableWednesday, October 4 – Extremely limited timetable with approximately one train every two hours in either direction.Thursday, October 5 – Slightly amended timetable

LONDON NORTHWESTERN RAILWAY 

Tuesday, October 3 – Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans AbbeyWednesday, October 4 – No servicesThursday, October 5 – Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans AbbeyFriday, October 6 – Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey

LONDON OVERGROUND

Tuesday, October 3 – After 10.45pm, no service between Hackney Downs and Chingford. Replacement buses operate. A normal service on all other Overground lines.Wednesday, October 4 – After 10.45pm, no service between Hackney Downs and Chingford. Replacement buses operate. A normal service on all other Overground lines.Thursday, October 5 – After 10.45pm, no service between Hackney Downs and Chingford. Replacement buses operate. A normal service on all other Overground lines.Friday, October 6 – Normal serviceSaturday, October 7 – Normal service Sunday, October 8 – No service all day between Romford and Upminster. Until 12pm, no service between Shepherds Bush / Richmond and Stratford. Also until 12pm, no service between Gospel Oak and Woodgrange Park. Replacement buses operate.

LONDON UNDERGROUND

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal service on all linesWednesday, October 4 – Normal service expected after planned London Underground strike was cancelledThursday, October 5 – Normal service on all linesFriday, October 6 – Normal service expected after planned London Underground strike was cancelledSaturday, October 7 – Normal service expected on all lines, apart from the Metropolitan line, on which there will be no service between Wembley Park and Amersham / Chesham / Uxbridge / Watford. Chiltern Railways services will not run between Marylebone and Amersham. Replacement buses operate, but will not serve Preston Road, Northwick Park or stations between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Uxbridge. Also on the Piccadilly line, no service between South Harrow and Uxbridge. Replacement buses will not operate.Sunday, October 7 – Normal service apart from closures on the Metropolitan line and Piccadilly line as detailed above for Saturday, October 7. Separately, TfL has also warned that the Victoria line will be ‘exceptionally busy’ between Euston and Walthamstow Central between 10am to 2.30pm and then 4pm to 8pm. There is an NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and a football match at Emirates Stadium, with a combined attendance of around 120,000. Finsbury Park, Highbury & Islington, Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale stations will operate in ‘event’ mode. Passengers may need to walk down fixed stairs to platforms or be directed via different entrances/exits than usual. Queueing systems will be in place to safely manage entries, particularly after the events.

LUMO

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal serviceWednesday, October 4 – Normal serviceThursday, October 5 – Normal serviceFriday, October 6 – Normal service

MERSEYRAIL 

Not affected by strike action. Normal service every day over the next week. 

NORTHERN 

Tuesday, October 3 – Possible disruptionWednesday, October 4 – No Northern servicesThursday, October 5 – Possible disruptionFriday, October 6 – Possible disruptionSaturday, October 7 – Normal serviceSunday, October 8 – Normal service

SCOTRAIL 

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal serviceWednesday, October 4 – Normal serviceThursday, October 5 – Normal serviceFriday, October 6 – Normal service

SOUTHEASTERN 

Tuesday, October 3 – Full serviceWednesday, October 4 – No trainsThursday, October 5 – Full serviceFriday, October 6 – Full service

SOUTHERN 

Tuesday, October 3 – Amended timetable as below (*)Wednesday, October 4 – No serviceThursday, October 5 – Amended timetable as below (*)Friday, October 6 – Amended timetable as below (*)

Amended timetable (*) is as follows

Services to / from London Victoria:

Brighton – two trains per hourEastbourne / Ore – one train per hourPortsmouth / Bognor Regis – one train per hourLittlehampton (via Hove) – one train per hourEast Grinstead – two trains per hourDorking – one train per hourHorsham – one train per hourWest Croydon – two trains per hourEpsom Downs – two trains per hourLondon Bridge – two trains per hour

Services to / from London Bridge

Caterham – two trains per hourEast Croydon via Tulse Hill and Selhurst – two trains per hourBeckenham Junction via Tulse Hill – two trains per hour during peak times onlyLondon Victoria via Crystal Palace – two trains per hourUckfield – two trains per day (one in the morning peak, one in the evening peak)

Uckfield Line

London Bridge – Uckfield – two trains per day (one in the morning peak, one in the evening peak)Oxted and Uckfield – one train per hour

East Coastway

Brighton and Eastbourne – one train per hourBrighton and Seaford – two trains per hourEastbourne and Ashford International – one train per hour

West Coastway

Littlehampton and Portsmouth & Southsea – one train per hourBrighton and Littlehampton – one train per hourBrighton and Littlehampton / Southampton Central – one train per hourBognor Regis and Littlehampton – one train per hourBognor Regis and Barnham – one train per hour

Reigate and Tonbridge – one train per hour

Purley and Tattenham corner – one train per hour, with two trains per hour during peak times only

Clapham Junction and Watford Junction – one train per hour, with one morning and one evening service extended to Hemel Hempstead

SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY 

Tuesday, October 3 – Small number of cancellationsWednesday, October 4 – Extremely limited service between London Waterloo and Woking – 4tph peak, 2tph off-peak; Waterloo and Guildford via Woking – 1tph; Waterloo and Basingstoke – 1tph; Waterloo and Feltham – 2tph; Basingstoke and Salisbury – 1tph. The rest of the network will be closedThursday, October 5 – Small number of cancellationsFriday, October 6 – Small number of cancellations

STANSTED EXPRESS 

Tuesday, October 3 – Normal serviceWednesday, October 4 – Reduced service frequency. First train from London is 4.40am. Last train is 11.25pm. First train from Stansted Airport is 5.43am. Last train is 11.45pm. One train per hourThursday, October 5 – First services may start laterFriday, October 6 – Normal service

THAMESLINK 

Tuesday, October 3 – Amended timetable as below (*)Wednesday, October 4 – No serviceThursday, October 5 – Amended timetable as below (*)Friday, October 6 – Amended timetable as below (*)

Amended timetable (for days marked*) is as follows

Peterborough and Horsham – one train per hourCambridge and Three Bridges – one train per hourBedford and Brighton – two trains per hourLondon Bridge and Three Bridges – one train per hourSutton and St Albans via Wimbledon – two trains per hourSutton and St Albans via Mitcham Eastfields – two trains per hourRainham and Luton – one train per hourSevenoaks and London Blackfriars – two trains per hour (one train in each peak will be extended to / from Welwyn Garden City)

TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS 

Tuesday, October 3 – Disruption expectedWednesday, October 4 – No servicesThursday, October 5 – Disruption expectedFriday, October 6 – Disruption expectedSaturday, October 7 – Normal service 

TRANSPORT FOR WALES 

Not affected by strike action. Normal service every day over the next week. 

WEST MIDLANDS RAILWAY

Tuesday, October 3 – Buses replace trains between Nuneaton-Leamington Spa via Coventry. A reduced train service will operate between Birmingham New Street and Hereford. A reduced train service will operate between Birmingham New Street and ShrewsburyWednesday, October 4 – No servicesThursday, October 5 – Buses replace trains between Nuneaton-Leamington Spa via Coventry. A reduced train service will operate between Birmingham New Street and Hereford. A reduced train service will operate between Birmingham New Street and ShrewsburyFriday, October 6 – Buses replace trains between Nuneaton-Leamington Spa via Coventry. A reduced train service will operate between Birmingham New Street and Hereford. A reduced train service will operate between Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury

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