Rail services remain disrupted on Saturday despite cancellation of strikes

Published on: Friday, 4 November 2022
Last updated: Friday, 4 November 2022

Greater Anglia rail services will remain disrupted tomorrow despite RMT cancelling rail strikes - due to the announcement coming too late in the day to reinstate services.

The RMT was due to carry out strikes on Saturday 5, Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 November, causing severe disruption to Greater Anglia’s services.

Unfortunately, due to the late notice of the strikes being cancelled, Greater Anglia is unable to restore its usual Saturday timetable in time for tomorrow – and is continuing to advise passengers to avoid using its trains on Saturday.

Only trains between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, Colchester, Southend Victoria and Cambridge and the Stansted Express service will run on Saturday – starting at 7.30am and finishing by 6.30pm. No trains are planned to run on any other routes.

Services will also be later starting up on Sunday morning, as planned, due to the disruption caused by planning for strike action.

Greater Anglia is advising passengers to check before they travel over the weekend and to check the Greater Anglia website and app over the weekend for information about services on Monday.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We welcome the news that the RMT have called off their strikes, it’s a positive step for the rail industry and our passengers.

“We’re very sorry that due to the complexities of timetabling which has to be co-ordinated with other train companies and Network Rail, plus the rostering of ours and Network Rail’s staff, we cannot switch back to our usual Saturday timetable at such short notice.

“However, we are working hard with our colleagues at Network Rail to get services back to normal as soon as possible after the weekend.

“At the same time, the rail industry is continuing with talks with the RMT to try to get a resolution.”

London Underground and Overground RMT staff are still scheduled to strike on Thursday 10 November.

Greater Anglia’s RMT members including conductors, station staff, train cleaners, catering and revenue protection teams, were due to strike on Saturday 5 and Wednesday 9 November.

Network Rail RMT members including maintenance teams and signallers were due to strike on all three days.