Railway Strikes 2022

Due to recent events, a great majority of railway lines are to be affected as the UK prepares to be hit by the biggest railway strike in decades. This is due to around 40,000 members, within the 15 major train operators voting to take industrial action in a row over jobs, pay, and conditions. If you’re wondering whether the railway strikes will affect your transportation, keep reading to find out more as we believe that it is important that people are aware of the situation, and how best to prepare for the impacts that follow the strike.

Which lines and trains will be affected by the strike?

Workers who have been employed by 15 of the UK’s major operators have agreed to participate in the strike.  Therefore if the industrial action follows through, it would be sensible to expect every line to be affected.

Here is a list below which shows all of the railway lines that voted for the strike:

Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, Network Rail, East Midland Railway, c2c, Northern Trains, South Eastern, South Western Railway, Great Western Railway, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast and West Midlands Trains.

Will there be any trains running if the strike takes place?

If the strike proceeds to take place, it would be sensible to expect a huge delay in services as most of the major operators will be running their trains very sparsely. This is because it will be the largest railway strike in decades on the railway if it goes ahead. Expect to see a limited timetable, such as 7 am to 7 pm on the main lines only.

Could the strikes be prevented?

There is hope that talks could see the strike being called off. This is due to both sides indicating that there is some room for discussion which could optimistically lead to the avoidance of the strike.

RMT Secretary Mr. Lynch said: “Our NEC will now meet to discuss a timetable for strike action from mid-June, but we sincerely  hope ministers will encourage the employees to return to the negotiating table and hammer out a reasonable settlement with the RMT.”

Furthermore, Network Rail’s chief executive said: “The RMT has jumped the gun here as everyone loses if there’s a strike. We know our people are concerned about job security and pay. As a public body, we have been working on offering a pay increase that taxpayers can afford and we continue to discuss this with our trade unions. We urge the RMT to sit down with us and continue to talk, not walk so that we can find a compromise and avoid damaging industrial action.”

“We are at a key point in the railway’s recovery from the pandemic. The taxpayer has provided the industry with £16 billion worth of additional life support over the last two years and that cannot continue.”

“Any industrial action now would be disastrous for our industry’s recovery and would hugely impact vital supply and freight trains. It would also serve to undermine our collective ability to afford the pay increases we want to make.”

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