Published on: Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Last updated: Wednesday, 31 August 2022
A Stansted Express train. Credit: Greater Anglia
Stansted Express services will be severely affected by three rail strikes in the coming week.
Train drivers belonging to the ASLEF trade union are going on strike on Saturday 13 August and then RMT union members are striking on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August.
Stansted Express services will be severely disrupted by all three strikes and customers are advised to avoid travelling on Stansted Express trains on all three strike days.
In addition, engineering work on Saturday 13 August and Saturday 20 August means there are no direct trains between London and Stansted Airport.
A very limited rail replacement bus service will run between between Waltham Cross and Harlow Town on Saturday 13 August to connect with trains which are only operating with one train per hour between 07.00 and 19.00. Buses are expected to be very busy with long queues all day. Airport travellers are advised to make alternative travel arrangements.
On Saturday 20 August there will be a very limited rail replacement bus service between Waltham Cross and Harlow Mill, connecting with trains which are operating with two trains per hour between 07.30 and 18.30. Buses are expected to be very busy with long queues all day. Airport travellers are advised to make alternative travel arrangements.
There will be no direct Stansted Express services on Sunday 14 August or Sunday 21 August, but a limited alternative rail service will be available between London and Stansted Airport using Great Northern and Thameslink trains between Kings Cross and Cambridge and Greater Anglia and Cross Country trains between Cambridge and Stansted Airport, although first trains times will be later than usual due to the 24-hour strike on Saturday.
On Thursday 18 August, the Stansted Express service between London and Stansted Airport will be two trains an hour, with first and last trains from Stansted Airport at 07.42 and 17.12 and from Liverpool Street at 08.10 and 17.40.
Jamie Burles, managing director of Greater Anglia, which operates Stansted Express, said: “Unfortunately, our advice is avoid travelling on our trains because with our train drivers on strike we can’t run the vast majority of our services.
“Work is continuing at an industry level to try to resolve the dispute with ASLEF, the RMT and TSSA, so we can resume our usual punctual and reliable service.
“We are very sorry for the inconvenience these strikes are causing our customers.”
Timetables and details of first and last train times will be available on the Stansted Express website, app and social media as soon as they are finalised.
Stansted Express customers travelling to either London Liverpool Street or Tottenham Hale stations using the London Underground should note that their services will be affected by a strike on Friday 19 August.
Stansted Express is offering fee free changes if customers wish to travel on another day and refunds will also be available. Full information is available at stanstedexpress.co.uk.