Published on: Thursday, 11 May 2023
Last updated: Thursday, 18 May 2023
Rail passengers in East Anglia are advised to check before they travel on 12/13/31 May and 3 June when strike action will affect Greater Anglia services. In addition, action short of a strike will lead to some cancellations between 15 and 20 May inclusive.
On 12, 31 May and 3 June, there will be a reduced service on a limited number of routes. Most routes, including all regional lines, will have no service at all.
Where services do run, they will start later and finish earlier than normal, with start/finish times varying across the network.
On 13 May, services will operate between 07.00 and 23.00, with all last trains reaching their destination by 23.00. Some routes will have a reduced frequency, but many routes will have a normal or near normal service during the hours that trains are running.
Some of the first services on Sunday 14 May, Thursday 1 June and Sunday 4 June may also be affected. Although these are not strike days, there will be some knock-on effects from the days before.
Summary for 12 and 31 May
We will operate a reduced service on a limited number of routes.
Engineering works will affect some regional and mainline services between Norwich and London on 3 June. Timetables will be released nearer the time.
Hourly service between Norwich and London Liverpool Street; Colchester and London Liverpool Street; Southend Victoria and London Liverpool Street; and for Stansted Express services between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street
Trains that do run are expected to start from 07.00 onwards, with all last trains operating until mid to late evening and finishing earlier than normal
One train every two hours between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street from 08.00 until early evening, with the last train from London back to Cambridge at 18.58
No services running on other lines, including on regional/branch lines, other than those listed above
Summary for 13 May
On Saturday 13 May many more services will operate with trains running on all Greater Anglia routes, except Hertford East to Broxbourne (passengers are advised to use Hertford North) and for longer hours (between 07.00 and 2300, with all last trains reaching their destination by 23.00).
Some routes will have a reduced frequency, but many routes will have a normal or near normal service during the hours that trains are running.
Rail replacement buses will run between Ipswich and Colchester, Ely and Cambridge, and Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.
Summary for 15 - 20 May
Due to action short of a strike from 15 - 20 May inclusive, there will be cancellations on many Greater Anglia routes on all of those days. The cancellations for 20 May will be added to the Greater Anglia website as soon as they are confirmed.
Details of services operating on 3 June will be confirmed nearer the time.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “We are very sorry that once again our customers will be disrupted by strikes. Customers are advised to check before they travel on all strike days, as the number of services affected varies, with trains operating on very few routes on 12 and 31 May, but on most routes and more frequently on 13 May. The rail industry is working hard to resolve these disputes and talks will continue with ASLEF and RMT to try and reach an agreement.”
Anyone who has pre-booked tickets to travel on strike days can change them, use them to travel on either the day before or up to two days later, or apply for a refund by going back to their original retailer.
Passenger assistance will be available as usual for all trains which are running. Anyone requiring assistance who cannot avoid travelling by train on strike days should plan their journey and book assistance in advance if possible.
Further information is available from greateranglia.co.uk/strikes