Passengers reminded to check before they travel and prepare for disruption as members of the RMT are set to strike next week.
- RMT is due to hold further strike action on Thursday 20 July, Saturday 22 July and Saturday 29 July.
- The levels of disruption will vary across the country, so passengers are being asked to check before they travel.
- The timetable for Thursday 20 July will go live today (Thursday 13 July). Timetables for 22 and 29 July will be available on Friday 14 and Friday 21 July.
- All timetables will be available on National Rail and journey planners.
- ASLEF has also announced an overtime ban across 14 train operators from 17 July to the 22 July which may lead to short-notice cancellations.
Passengers are reminded that due to industrial action by the RMT and ASLEF unions, there will be reduced services across the rail network between Monday 17 July and Saturday 29 July. Those travelling during that period are advised to plan ahead and check before they travel.
The RMT previously announced three days of strikes that will affect several rail services across the country on 20 July, 22 July and 29 July
RMT union members such as station staff, train managers, and catering staff, will participate in the strikes, causing some disruption to travel plans.
Passengers are advised to check their travel arrangements in advance as the level of service will vary across the country. It is important for travellers to stay informed about any changes to their journeys.
The strike action affecting services on 14 train companies will see wide variations of services across the country with trains due to start later and finish much earlier than usual, in some areas only around half of train services will run, while others will have no services at all.
It is likely that evening services on some lines will be affected on the days before each strike, so passengers should also check the last train times on the evenings before strike days and the mornings following strikes.
Separately, action by the Aslef union on 14 train companies will affect train services between 17 to 22 July, as they impose an overtime ban.
Further details about specific timetables and affected train operators will be available Thursday 13 July for the strike on Thursday 20 July and Friday 14 and 21 July for the strikes on the 22 and 29 July respectively.
Passengers are encouraged to visit the National Rail website www.nationalrail.co.uk/industrialaction or contact their train operator for the latest updates.
A Rail Delivery Group spokesperson said:
"The upcoming rail strikes called by the RMT union and the overtime ban by ASLEF will undoubtedly cause some disruption, affecting not only the daily commute of our passengers but also disrupting the plans of families during the summer holidays.
“This will lead to disappointment, frustration, and financial strain for tens of thousands of people. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and understand the impact on individuals and businesses.
“While we are doing all we can to keep trains running, unfortunately there will be reduced services between Monday 17 July and Saturday 29 July, so our advice is to check before you travel. Passengers with Advance tickets can be refunded fee-free if the train that the ticket is booked for is cancelled, delayed or rescheduled.”
Ticketing and refund information
Customers with Advance, Anytime or Off-Peak tickets for travel on a strike day can instead use their ticket on an alternative date:
- Tickets for Thursday 20 July or Saturday 22 July can be used on the day before the date on the ticket or up to and including Tuesday 25 July
- Tickets for Saturday 29 July can be used on the day before the date on the ticket or up to and including Tuesday 1 August
If the ticket is for a journey that includes the London Underground, it will not be valid on London Underground services on an alternative date.
Passengers with Advance tickets can be refunded fee-free if the train that the ticket is booked for is cancelled, delayed or rescheduled.
If the Advance ticket is for a train scheduled for a strike day, but it is not cancelled, delayed or rescheduled, and a customer prefers not to travel, they should contact their ticket retailer.
Customers with 2 x Advance tickets (an outbound and a return), to be used as a return journey, may be able to get a fee-free refund or change of journey for any unused legs/tickets, if either of the legs is scheduled for a strike day. Customers should check with their ticket retailer.
Season Ticket holders (flexi, monthly or longer) who cannot travel, can claim 100% compensation through Delay Repay for the strike dates of Thursday 20 July, Saturday 22 July and Saturday 29 July.
Weekly season ticket holders can claim Delay Repay if their train is delayed or cancelled on of Thursday 20 July, Saturday 22 July and Saturday 29 July.
In the event of a Do Not Travel message:
Operators will contact customers with assistance booked for affected services (such as those cancelled)