Paddington station

Passengers should expect disruption due to another 24 hour strike by Aslef on 13 August

  • A 24-hour walkout by drivers at nine train companies will cause disruption to passengers on Saturday 13 August, coinciding with another busy weekend of football, with Premier League games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton likely to be affected
  • Timetables will be published on  Tuesday 9 August, but passengers are advised to follow the latest travel advice, check before they travel and allow extra time for their journey. Other train companies not involved in the strike will be running trains, but these are expected to be busy.
  • Passengers with tickets can use their ticket either on the day before the date on the ticket, or up to and including Tuesday 16 August

Rail companies are advising passengers that some services will be severely disrupted on Saturday 13 August, as a result of a further train driver strike called the leadership of train drivers’ union Aslef.

There will be disruption to some parts of the rail network on Sunday 13 August and into the morning of Sunday 14 August due to a 24-hour walkout of train drivers from: Arriva Rail London, Avanti West Coast, Crosscountry, Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express), Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.  

Passengers are advised if they’re travelling the morning of Sunday 14th to check with their operator and consider starting their journey later.  The industry is finalising a revised timetable which is expected to be available for passengers on Tuesday 9 August. 

Passengers with advance, off-peak or anytime tickets affected by the strike on 13 August can use their ticket either on the day before the date on the ticket, or up to and including Tuesday 16 August. Passengers can also change their tickets to travel on an alternate date, or get a refund if their train is cancelled or rescheduled.  

Passengers with a season ticket that is monthly or longer or who have an activated days’ worth of travel on a flexi season ticket who choose not to travel on 13 August, can claim compensation for these days through the delay repay scheme.  If you need to travel on the 13th and already have a ticket, please check with the train company you booked to travel with in advance of your journey for advice on what to do with your ticket. 

If your local operator is impacted by industrial action, you should check journey planners on National Rail Enquiries or operator websites to find alternative route options. 

Steve Montgomery, chair of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “The Aslef leadership has for the second time in as many weeks, decided to impose yet more uncertainty for passengers and businesses by disrupting passengers’ weekend plans.

“My open invitation for talks with Aslef stands. The railway is too important to this country to allow decline, but with passenger numbers still 20% below pre-pandemic levels securing a bright future means we have to adapt to attract more people back. We call on Aslef to come to the table, so we can fund the pay rise we want to give our people while delivering the improvements in Sunday services and greater punctuality our passengers deserve.

“While we will do all that we can to minimise disruption and to get people where they need to be, if you are going to travel on the routes affected, please plan ahead and check the latest travel advice and be aware that services may start later the morning after strikes.” 

Further action by the RMT and TSSA unions is expected on 18 and 20 August, as well as separate RMT on the London Underground on 19 August.

Contact Information

Martin Spencer

Media Relations Manager

Rail Delivery Group

Notes to editors


We all want to deliver a better, safer and more affordable railway for customers and taxpayers by updating outdated and inflexible working practices, which have seen costs spiral. We want: 

  • More reliable services [on a Sunday] (by)
  • Making Sunday part of the working week for all, rather than a voluntary day paid for in overtime
  • Increased punctuality (by)
  • Making [staff] rostering more flexible so the railway is more resilient, and
  • bringing in new technology for quicker, more efficient and safer railway maintenance
  • Customer-friendly stations (by)
  • Bringing stations up to date with the best of modern retailing, with
  • more multiskilled staff on hand to offer help with tickets, journey planning and preventing anti-social behaviour
  • Train driver median salary: £59,000 which compares with: 
    • Rail sector employee median salary: £44,000
    • Nurse median salary: £31,000  
    • UK full-time worker median salary: £31,000 
    • Care worker median salary: £21,000