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Train strikes in May 2024: full list of affected dates and lines | British news

Rail lines will be disrupted in the week after the first May bank holiday as drivers from 16 railway companies strike on separate days.


Sunday May 5, 2024 2:23 PM, UK

Train drivers will stage a new wave of strikes and overtime bans in May, disrupting the rail network.

The strikes are part of a long-standing dispute over wages.

From May 7 to 9, members of the Aslef trade union will walk out the doors of 16 railway companies on different days.

In addition, all members refuse to work overtime from May 6 to May 11.

Here you will find a full list of the services affected by strikes and when.

Dates of railway strikes

Tuesday May 7

Strikes will affect c2c, Greater Anglia, GTR Great Northern Thameslink, Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express and South Western Railway.

Wednesday May 8

The strikes will affect Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway and West Midlands Trains.

Thursday May 9

Strikes will affect LNER, Northern Trains and TransPennine Express.

Dates of the ban on overtime

From Monday May 6 to Saturday May 11, union members are not allowed to work overtime.

A ban on overtime, an action without a strike, means some services may not run or be shortened because drivers refuse to work their rest days.

People are advised to check before traveling as some areas may not have service.

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What impact do strikes and overtime bans have on services?

Strikes usually result in services on lines where members participate being seriously affected or completely canceled, while bans on overtime often lead to reduced services.

Are there also strikes on the Metro?

There have been regular strikes on the London Underground recently, and although there are no planned strikes for drivers, customer service managers will refuse to work overtime on the following days:

Monday April 29

Tuesday April 30

Wednesday May 1

Tuesday May 2

Wednesday May 3

Thursday May 4

Friday May 5

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) says its members’ action is likely to result in Tube stations closing at the last minute, including on the Saturday after the strike (April 27), while TfL has said on its website that “some stations may have to close at short notice”.

Despite the warning, a TfL spokesperson has said they do not expect any significant disruption.

This follows strike action by the same workers on April 10, which the TSSA said had a “real impact”, with “many stations closed at short notice”.

They say they are “extremely concerned” by TfL’s ‘Stations Changes’ proposals.

“We have made it clear that our union will not accept continued threats to our members’ roles, locations, terms and conditions to stand unchallenged,” a TSSA spokesperson said.

“We will continue to take sustained action until London Underground is prepared to negotiate with us in good faith.”

Commenting on the upcoming strikes, a TfL spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that TSSA is going ahead with this strike action following a consultation process.

“While we do not expect this action to cause significant disruptions, we urge TSSA to continue working with us to find a resolution.

“There are no planned job losses as part of these crucial changes which will improve the service we provide to customers at our stations.”

How can I stay informed?

You can use the National Rail’s trip planner to see when trains are running.

Make sure you check it before you travel as it is updated regularly.

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Why are the strikes still happening?

Aslef rejected a two-year offer of 4% in 2022 and another 4% this year, saying it is well below inflation and linked to changes in terms.

Aslef said machinists have not had a pay increase in five years, since their last pay agreements expired in 2019.

The union said that after its members voted overwhelmingly in February to continue taking industrial action, it had asked the rail companies to hold talks.

General secretary Mick Whelan said the one-year pay offer of 4% and another 4% was “dead in the water”.