Planning your journey round practice strikes can be tricky if you rely on the rail for transport.
They affect commuters, as well as anyone planning to take a half-term holiday jaunt with the family this week.
Action is taking place today (Friday, June 2) by members of the National Union for Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) – following walkouts by train driver union Aslef on May 31.
Today’s industrial action is part of a long-running dispute between unions and train operating companies over pay, jobs, and terms and conditions.
Find out how long the June 2 strike is set to go on for, and how Saturday, June 3’s trains are set to be impacted, too.
How long will the Friday, June 2 train strike last?
The strike on Friday, June 2, by RMT members, seems set to impact trains all day.
You can find out how your chosen train service will be affected in Metro.co.uk’s guide to the action.
If in doubt, visit the train operator’s website to see how their usual services will be impacted.
Trains affected by industrial action on June 2 and 3
- Avanti West Coast
- c2c (June 2 only)
- Chiltern Railways
- East Midlands Railway
- Gatwick Express
- Great Northern
- Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express)
- Heathrow Express
- London Northwestern Railway
- South Western Railway
- TransPennine Express
- West Midlands Railway.
via National Rail
Generally speaking, you can likely expect trains across the board to be busier and running less frequent services than usual – perhaps even not stopping at some stations.
Services will also be starting later and finishing earlier, in many cases.
Will trains on Saturday, June 3 be affected by the strike?
Though the RMT action is designated for June 2, many parts of the railway will shut down on Saturday, June 3.
That’s because a separate strike, by the members of union Aslef, will take place on this date.
Many train operating companies won’t be running trains on this date at all, so be aware if you’re due to travel – as you may need to make other arrangements to get from A to B.
Among the operators with no trains on June 3 are Southern, Avanti West Coast, Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express, Southeastern and London Northwestern Railway.
However, some operators LNER, for example, will run minimal services.
Again, it’s wise to visit your train operator’s website for full details on if strike action is still going ahead on your day of travel, and how your route might be affected.
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